<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2019 https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-usSun, 20 Jan 2019 07:55:53 -0500Sun, 20 Jan 2019 07:55:53 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Gusting Winds, Plummeting Temps to Bring Dangerous Cold]]> Sun, 20 Jan 2019 07:34:36 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/colder+weather+nyc.jpg

A First Alert continues through Monday as temperatures fluctuate from the 40s Sunday morning down into the teens by the evening. Here is the latest breakdown for the holiday weekend.

Light snow turned into heavy rain Saturday night for much of the region, but, baring the Jersey Shore and Delaware, it largely began tapering off by early Sunday morning.

The big concern Sunday comes by the afternoon and evening, when winds between 30 to 40 mph gust into the region and cause temperatures to plummet and any leftover moisture to quickly freeze.

The areas most at risk of a flash freeze are the Lehigh Valley and parts of the western Pennsylvania suburbs. Rain and slush will turn to ice on roads and sidewalks, causing slippery and dangerous travel conditions.

Monday will start off with strong winds and morning temperatures hovering in the single digits. Though there will be mostly sunny skies, highs on Monday will only reach the low to mid-teens. Power outages and downed tree branches are possible with the wind and ice-coated surfaces.

Making matters worse, the wind chill will remain well below zero all day, but it will feel more like 10 to 20 degrees below zero.

This Arctic blast will come on one of the most popular days for volunteering, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Outdoor activities are likely to be moved or canceled.

The African American Museum in Philadelphia hopes to get people inside as quickly as possible Monday. Other groups are also making plans for the cold. Keep an eye on social media and reach out to organizations to learn of any changes to volunteer opportunities.

Temps still won't break the freezing mark Tuesday when sunny skies push the high temperatures into the upper 20s. Relief from the cold finally comes on Wednesday with high temps pushing into the 40s.

Our team of First Alert meteorologists will keep you updated with the latest forecast here, on air and on the NBC10 App so you will be prepared for rain, snow or both, and bitter cold in your neighborhood.

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<![CDATA[Navigating Winter Roads: What You Need to Know to Stay Safe]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 15:31:33 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/falls+bridge+snow+01132019.jpg

A winter storm wallop is expected to make driving very difficult in the coming days. The mixture of snow, rain and ice could make roadways especially treacherous, state officials have warned.

A First Alert is in effect through Monday, which is also the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

These dangerous conditions prompted Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to declare a statewide emergency and issue speed restrictions, as well as an initial ban on "all commercial traffic ... including buses on most interstates and the Pennsylvania Turnpike." 

The turnpike restrictions were somewhat eased Saturday, when transportation officials announced through Twitter that all commercial vehicles would be allowed on the roadway between Interstate 276, east of Valley Forge. 

The ban is in place until noon Sunday. Click here for a map of restricted roadways.

During the ba, travel on interstates and expressways will be restricted to 45 MPH during this time.

Last winter in Pennsylvania, 440 crashes resulted in 221 injuries on snowy, slushy or ice-covered roadways, according to PennDOT.

This year, state officials urge drivers to use extreme caution during the storm, postpone travel if possible, reduce speeds and be aware of the potential for rapidly changing weather and roadway conditions.

“Travel will be very challenging this weekend with the combination of heavy snow, high winds, sleet, freezing and plain rain and then a rapid drop in temperatures on Sunday,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “If you must travel, please check 511PA for the latest conditions and be prepared in case extreme conditions trigger long delays on your route.”

In Delaware, the arctic air that will follow the storm on Sunday will create icy driving conditions. DelDOT crews will be salting and plowing roads across the state as conditions change.

In New Jersey, more than 800 department of transportation and contractor trucks worked through the night to keep State Highways clear and safe. A winter weather advisory was lifted Friday, but driver should monitor NJDOT for updates.

Amtrak has already cancelled the Sunday cross-state Pennsylvanian passenger train and six trains additional trains Line between Philadelphia and Harrisburg.

511PA will be available through a smartphone app, by calling 511, Twitter and on the 511PA website.

Officials also recommend drivers include a car emergency kit when traveling filled non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel.

Cars should be clear of ice and snow before driving. Remember, if snow or ice falls from a moving car and strikes another car or pedestrian, causing death or serious bodily injury, the driver of that vehicle could receive a $200 to $1,000 fine, according to PennDOT.

Also, drivers should be cautious around snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:

  • Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.
  • Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.
  • When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.
  • Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a "plow train." The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.
  • Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can't see, and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.
  • Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle's wipers are on due to inclement weather.

In addition to driving safely around plows, drivers should change their behavior behind the wheel when bad weather hits, PennDOT said. If drivers encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions.

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<![CDATA[Mueller Disputes Buzzfeed Story on Cohen Testimony]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 23:49:46 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/1066356176-Michael-Cohen.jpg

Special counsel Robert Mueller's office issued a rare public statement Friday night that disputes a BuzzFeed News report that President Donald Trump had directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, NBC News reported.

BuzzFeed News on Thursday evening reported that Cohen told special counsel Robert Mueller the president personally instructed him to lie to Congressional investigators in order to minimize links between Trump and his Moscow building project, citing two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter. The report also alleged that Cohen was directed to give a false impression that the project had ended before it actually did.

NBC News has not independently confirmed this report.

On Friday evening, a full day after the story appeared, the special counsel's office issued a statement.

"BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate," the statement said.

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<![CDATA[Lehigh Valley Braces for Weekend Winter Storm]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 18:58:09 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Ice+on+Tree.jpg

The weekend winter storm is hitting parts of our area now. The Lehigh Valley could see the worst of the snow and it has already began coming down in the Poconos. NBC10's Drew Smith was live from West Reading, Berks County with the latest.

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<![CDATA[Rain and Snow Mix For Tricky Weekend Commute]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 23:28:21 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/211*120/Generic+Rain1.jpg

Wet roads didn't slow down traffic in the Philadelphia suburbs, but transportation officials are warning drivers to be careful as heavy rains continue Saturday night.

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<![CDATA[Streets Soaked As Snow Turns to Heavy Rain]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 23:20:15 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/lagenerics+-+rain-storm-011418.PNG

It was far from good driving conditions Saturday night as the winter storm made roadways hard to navigate in the region.

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<![CDATA[Making Their Voices Heard at the Women's March]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 18:38:42 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/Womens+March+2019+18.jpg

Generations of men and women gathered today in Philadelphia to march for women's equality.

<![CDATA[Jersey Shore Businesses Anxious Over Minimum Wage Increase Deal]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 14:35:36 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_100000003312974.JPG

Shore businesses that rely on cheap seasonal labor are worried that a new deal by Gov. Phil Murphy and the Democratic Legislature to gradually increase the minimum wage will hurt their bottom lines. If the deal is approved, the minimum wage in New Jersey would increase gradually — through annual increases of roughly a dollar — from the current $8.85 to $15.

<![CDATA[Freezing Rain, Sleet and Snow: What's the Difference?]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:05:59 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Ice+on+Tree.jpg

When it comes to winter, the NBC10 First Alert Weather Team uses a lot of terms to describe precipitation. There’s rain, snow, sleet, even freezing rain! But why do some areas see different types of precipitation than others? It’s all about what’s going on up in the sky!

Take a look at the image below.

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Temperatures are typically much cooler high in the sky than they are on the ground. That means that when precipitation forms in the clouds this time of year, it begins as snow.

When a flake falls from the cloud, it passes through air that may gradually warm as the flake falls to the ground.

If the temperature is still near or below freezing at the surface, then the flake lands on the ground as snow. It’s frozen precipitation.

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How about the opposite?

If a snowflake falls into an area of warm air (above 32 degrees), then it melts. If the warm air continues all the way to the ground, then the precipitation is called rain. It’s liquid precipitation. 

Now let’s talk about the “tricky” forms of winter precipitation.

Sometimes, warm air will wedge into the atmosphere. It may just barely slice into the sky, or it may take up a good period of the flakes’ fall. You can see this example in the image above. This results in two different “wintry” conditions.

When the snowflake falls from the sky into an area of warm air, it melts into a raindrop. However, sometimes a thin layer of very cold air hugs the ground. If the rain drop enters the cold surface air (near or below 32 degrees) the raindrop may become “supercooled." This means it doesn’t have enough time to freeze, but it’s cold enough too. Once it hits a cold object like a tree, power line, vehicle, or road, it freezes. This type of precipitation is called freezing rain. This is especially hazardous because it can create black ice, or cause tree limbs to snap due to the added weight from the ice.

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Now, if the warm air just barely slices into the column of air the flake falls into, it has a different effect on what we see on the ground. The snowflake may melt or partially melt once it enters the warm air, and turn into a raindrop or slush. However, if it enters a period of colder air again as it continue to fall and has enough time, it will refreeze into a frozen raindrop. This isn’t the same as a snowflake, because it formed differently and its structure is different. It’s literally a frozen drop of water. This is called sleet. Sleet typically bounces, but can accumulate into piles. You can remember this by remembering the phrase “sleet has a beat." You can hear it!

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So why is this important for us?

We often see different types of precipitation in different neighborhoods! Colder areas (Poconos, Lehigh Valley, Berks, and even the PA Suburbs) more often see snow in winter. That’s because these areas regularly keep temperatures near freezing during precipitation events. So, the precipitation hits the ground as snow.

However, during some storms, warmer ocean air will wedge into our atmosphere. Last March (2016), this occurred. The result? The shore saw rain, portions of Delaware, New Jersey and Philadephia saw sleet and freezing rain, and portions of the PA Suburbs and Lehigh Valley/Berks Co/Poconos saw snow! The warm air thinned as it stretched inland, and created a major ice storm for some and snow storm for others. That’s why we do neighborhood weather. We don’t all see the same thing, because we aren’t all dealing with the same atmospheric conditions!

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<![CDATA[Philly Jazz Project to Pay Lyrical Tribute to MLK]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 09:34:21 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_100000003316773.JPG

The Philadelphia Jazz Project will pay tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Museum of the American Revolution as vocalists and musicians mix melodies, singing, and spoken word excerpts from King’s speeches and sermons.

<![CDATA[Here Are the Road Closures for the 2019 Philly Women's March]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 08:58:16 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/PhillyWomensMarch_1.jpg

The Philadelphia Women's March will shut down various roads in the city Saturday morning before it ends in the afternoon.

The rally will take place in Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Love Park, Eakins Oval and the eastern part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. While the march is expected to start at 11 a.m. and wrap up no later than 3 p.m., road closures went into effect at 5 a.m. and will continue through 5 p.m.

Here are the roads that will be closed during the march, according to the Philly Mayor's Office:

Arch Street between 15th Street and 16th Street

• 16th Street between JFK Blvd. and Cherry Street

• Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 16th Street and 17th Street

• Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 22nd Street and Eakins Oval (all lanes)

• 23rd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

• Spring Garden Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

• Kelly Drive (outbound) from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue

• Kelly Drive (inbound) between 25th Street and Fairmount Avenue (local access maintained to Anne d'Harnoncourt Drive)

• Martin Luther King Drive between Eakins Oval and Montgomery Drive

• Spring Garden Street Bridge at 31st Street (Local access maintained to Anne d'Harnoncourt Drive)

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Benjamin Franklin Parkway cross traffic is allowed on the following streets as conditions allow:

• 17th Street

• 18th Street

• 19th Street

• 20th Street

• 21st Street

• 22nd Street

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art and other Parkway locations will stay open Saturday. The Franklin Institute will also be open.

Parking Restrictions

The following streets will be "Temporary No Parking" zones from through 5 p.m. Saturday. Cars parked here will be "relocated:"

Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 16th Street to Eakins Oval (all lanes, both sides)

• 20th Street from Race Street to Benjamin Franklin Parkway (east side of the street)

• 22nd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Winter Street (both sides of the street)

• 2100-2200 Spring Garden Street (north side of the street)

• 1400-1500 JFK Blvd. (both sides of the street)

• Arch Street between 15th Street and 16th Street (both sides of the street)

• 16th Street between JFK Blvd. and Cherry Street (both sides of the street)

• 15th Street between Arch Street and JFK Blvd. (both sides of the street)

Public Transportation

SEPTA Bus Routes 2, 7, 27, 32, 38, 43 and 48 will be detoured from their normal routes through the Benjamin Franklin Parkway area through around 5 p.m. You can check the detour routes on the SEPTA website.

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<![CDATA[Threat Tweeted from Canada Closed Upper Merion Schools]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 10:03:58 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/upper+merion+high+18.jpg

The entire Upper Merion school district was closed Friday following a threatening tweet sent over the social media platform to the district's superintendent, police said Friday evening.

"The threat specifically referenced an individual coming to the school with a gun to harm students," according to a police report.

The tweet, it turns out, came all the way from Canada, police said.

A suspect was identified after an investigation, and by the afternoon Friday, police in the city of Montreal took a man into custody.

"At this point we do not know if this individual has any connection to the Upper Merion Area School District, nor do we know why he made the threat," Upper Merion police said in the report. "We have no reason to believe that there is any active threat against the Upper Merion School District."

"We will work through this as a community knowing that we will not allow these senseless acts of stupidity to define us!" schools Superintendent John Toleno wrote on Twitter earlier in the day.

<![CDATA[Allegations of Anti-Semitism Cloud 2019 Women's March ]]> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 15:25:07 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-908570094.jpg

Amid accusations of anti-Semitism surrounding the leaders of the Women’s March on Washington, many Jewish women will be deciding one thing this weekend: to march or not to march?

Joan James, of Lincoln City, Oregon, was very supportive until the allegations of anti-Semitism began to surface.

"The Women’s March is supposed to be an inclusive movement that supports diversity of color and ideas," said James, who is Jewish. "If your leaders are making statements that are less than supportive of a group of people, it tears the movement from the inside."

James is still conflicted on whether or not she will participate this weekend, when thousands of women are expected to take the streets for the third year in a row. The march, sparked by the election of President Donald Trump, was organized by women worried about his agenda and offended by comments he made. Many participants wore distinctive "pink pussy hats" as a symbolic way to show resistance.

Now some women are aggravated the anti-Semitic allegations are causing a divide within the women’s movement.

The accusations of anti-Semitism were crystalized in an article written in the Tablet in December. The magazine reported that in an initial planning meeting, Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez, two of the Women's March Inc. leaders, said that Jewish people had “a special collective responsibility as exploiters of black and brown people." Mallory and other leaders deny the statement.

In addition, Perez, Mallory, and Linda Sarsour's association with Nation of Islam minister Louis Farrakhan, who has a history of making anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ comments, led to more criticism. The New York Times reported that Mallory and Perez said, “they work in communities where Mr. Farrakhan is respected for his role in rehabilitating incarcerated men. They attended the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March in 2015, which Mr. Farrakhan planned.” 

In an appearance on ABC's "The View," Mallory said, "What I will say to you is that I don't agree with many of Minister Farrakhan's statements." In a later interview with a radio station called Breakfast Club, she condemned anti-Semitism. However, she and the other leaders did not denounce Farrakhan's rhetoric.

Some advocates are conflicted about whether the allegations are serious enough to keep them from participating.

In response, Women’s March Inc. released a press statement which reads, “It’s become clear, amidst this media storm, that our values and our message have — too often— been lost. That loss caused a lot of harm, and a lot pain. We should have been faster and clearer in helping people understand our values and our commitment to fighting anti-Semitism. We regret that. Every member of our movement matters to us — including our incredible Jewish and LGBTQ members. We are deeply sorry for the harm we have caused, but we see you, we love you, and we are fighting with you.”

While some advocates are frustrated with the controversay over the anti-Semitic allegations, they also recognize the impact of the Women’s March.

Aliza Lifshitz, a Jewish Barnard College student and activist, posted on her Facebook page, “If you’re vocally critical of the women’s march but you do nothing to publicly call out or resist the current administration’s policies, it is very safe to assume that you’re using your concerns about anti-Semitism to tear down a movement you didn’t agree with in the first place.”

"People should acknowledge what they are missing out on when they abandon the women’s march," she said in an interview with NBC.

Lifshitz believes the march has played a significant role in organizing the women’s resistance movement, and that the march itself is symbolic of the desire for change. However, she also said she respects anyone who feels uncomfortable marching because of the controversy.

The allegations have resulted in stark differences between competing marches and women abandoning the march altogether over confusion about what each organization stands for.

Women’s March Inc. brought three Jewish women onto their steering committee. Abby Stein, the first openly transgender woman raised in a Hasidic community, is one of the women.

“The leaders of the Women’s March are not anti-Semitic," she said. "Louis Farrakhan has no impact on the goals of the Women's March. In fact, the Women’s March is the antithesis to everything he preaches."

Stein said when she was given the opportunity to join the steering committee, she saw it as a way to make sure Jewish women feel included and as a platform to defend the LGBTQ community.

"The question was not how I could join the Women’s March, but how could I not?" she said. "I can accomplish so much when it comes to eradicating anti-Semitism by working with them."

Stein told NBC the Women’s March in 2017 focused on resistance, the march in 2018 guided people to the polls, and this year’s march is about a policy agenda.

“One of the strongest impacts the steering committee has is assisting with the women’s agenda which is a policy agenda that Congress could basically copy and paste and turn it into a bill,” she said.

The Women's March Inc. has released a policy agenda encompassing many different topics, including ending violence against women, advocating for reproductive rights, and fighting for racial injustice.

Despite efforts to show the march is inclusive and not anti-Semitic, the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand, among others, are no longer sponsoring the Women’s March Inc. event.

“I think it is unfortunate they are no longer supporting the event," said Rabbi Robin Podolsky of Los Angeles, who wrote an article in the Jewish Journal called “Why I Will Walk With the Women’s March.” "We have to ask ourselves who benefits if our movement fractures and it is not us. At this point, I still feel really firm that it is the grassroots women who have to define the march and not a couple of personalities at the top."

“As a Jewish woman, I think it is important that we reclaim this march and that we stand for this as much as any woman. I see us walking in the same direction, where each of us is heard and empowered," she said.

Many women’s marches planned around the world on Saturday are not associated with Women’s March Inc.

Women’s March Alliance, for example, is a separate organization that plans the march in New York City.

Katherine Siemionko, the alliance's founder and president, told NBC, “We are hoping to roll out a new name brand and face this upcoming March to make it clear that we have no association with Women’s March Inc.”

Siemionko is aware many Jews are contemplating whether or not to march.

"We are working to make sure everyone feels welcome and we are doing a lot of outreach across the board," she said. "We have also been speaking at synagogues and making sure to confirm our commitment to the Jewish communities we have worked with in the past."

During a phone call in October, Siemionko asked Sarsour why Women's March Inc. was planning to hold a competing event in New York City on Saturday. She said Sarsour had told her the separate rally was needed to provide a space for women of color.

Siemionko told NBC many women of color are involved in her organization. She said the volunteer trainings this week averaged 60 percent people of color and the alliance's board has 3 women of color out of 5 members. Siemionko told NBC she thought Sarsour had given her a "lame excuse."

Women's March Inc. did not make Sarsour available for an interview.

With all of the controversy, some people are choosing to stay away from any women’s march this year.

Arielle Kaplan, a 24-year-old Jewish woman from New York City, said, “I think it is great that people are going and that Jewish women are trying to make marches that are inclusive for Jews, but I am not going because I don't want people to mistake me for supporting Women’s March Inc. by going to a women’s march that is unaffiliated.”

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<![CDATA[No Crime in Elderly Couple's Death, But Mystery Remains]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:45:43 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CHOPPERBETHLEHEMPIKEBODIESMONTCO_2060793.JPG

The events that led to the death of an elderly couple in Whitemarsh Township remains unclear, but authorities do not believe a crime was committed.

Montgomery County and township officials said Friday that their investigation into the Dec. 4, 2017 deaths of Ross and Rhoda Woodward found no evidence of a crime.

A mail carrier found 81-year-old Rhoda's partially-clothed body on the front lawn of their home along Bethlehem Pike near Mather's Lane. Ross, 84, was found inside the single family house. At the time, sources described the scene as bloody.

Dr. Joseph Staniszewski, the Montgomery County Deputy Coroner, said Ross died from coronary artery disease. Rhoda suffered blunt impact trauma to the head and hypothermia.

Staniszewski ruled the manner of death as undetermined.

Neighbors described the couple as long-time members of the community who were quiet, friendly and always returned a smile and wave.

"Soft spoken, older couple," Michael Skalecki said. "Seemed pleasant."

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<![CDATA[Things to Do In and Around Philly This Weekend]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:22:01 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/River+Rink+lovers.jpg

Whether it’s a weekend of service, a winter festival, home show or restaurant week, this area is full of winter fun every weekend. We’ve found the top (and affordable) choices of what to do this weekend, Jan. 18 to 20, in Philly and down the Shore.

Jan. 18-20

What: Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend and Day of Service

Spend the long weekend giving back to the community.

Where: Various locations

When: Friday through Monday

Cost: Free

What: New Hope-Lambertville Winter Festival

This annual, nine-day event helps to raise funds for the community. This year’s events include a Revolutionary-themed pub crawl, chili cook off, walking tours, food tours and kid friendly shows.

Where: Various locations

When: Saturday through Jan. 27

Cost: Various

What: All-Stars of Hip Hop

This concert line-up includes Naughty by Nature, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick and many more.

Where: Boardwalk Hall Arena, 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ

When: Sunday, from 7 to 11 p.m.

Cost: Varies

What: Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens

Stroll through the indoor gardens and witness the beauty of the rarest of flowers.

Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pa.

When: Saturday through March 24

Cost: Varies

What: Philly Home Show

Check out the hundreds of home exhibitors and see what’s new in home décor. Guest speakers like Clint Harp from Fixer Upper will also be in attendance.

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia

When: Through Sunday on select days

Cost: $13

What: Center City Restaurant Week

Indulge in a three-course dinner at a fixed rate at more than 80 restaurants.

Where: Various restaurants in Philadelphia

When: Sunday through Jan. 25

Cost: $35

What: Winter at Dilworth Park

In the shadow of City Hall, families can enjoy ice skating, the Wintergarden, shopping and plenty of snacks and hot chocolate outside at Dilworth Park. Look for the light show projected onto City Hall at night, too!

Where: Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street, Philadelphia

When: Through Feb. 24, 2019

Cost: Free to explore

What: Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

When the weather gets chilly, head to rink for some ice skating, fire pits, food, drinks, an arcade and more.

Where: Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, 101 S. Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia

When: Through March 3, from 1 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday

Cost: Free for general admission, $4 skating admission, $10 skate rentals

Photo Credit: Delaware River Waterfront Corp.]]>
<![CDATA[Def Leppard's Rick Allen Bringing Art Show to Philly Area]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:56:38 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_100000003309210.JPG

Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen is bringing his artwork to King of Prussia and Atlantic City. His pieces are inspired largely by his own life experiences, but some of them also depict imagery reminiscent of wounded soldiers, which he says comes from his work with Wounded Warriors. Allen's artwork will be on display at the Hard Rock Cafe & Casino in Atlantic City Friday, January 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Wentworth Gallery in King of Prussia.

<![CDATA[Heavy Snow, Ice and Rain Expected to Hammer Philadelphia Region]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:33:46 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philly+Center+City+Snow.jpg

A weekend winter storm is expected to hammer the Philadelphia region with a dangerous mixture of heavy snow, ice and rain. But the storm's effects will vary widely depending on where you live, and will make travel treacherous.

The dangerous conditions prompted Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to declare a statewide emergency and issue speed restrictions, as well as a "ban on all commercial traffic, including buses on most interstates and the Pennsylvania Turnpike." The declaration allows for increased help for storm-related needs.

A First Alert is in effect through Monday, which is also the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, due to the winter weather.

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Here is the latest breakdown from the First Alert Weather Team:

The Storm - Saturday evening through Sunday night

Starting Saturday afternoon, heavy snow will begin moving into the region from the west. By the evening, warmer air will move up from the south, potentially turning snow into ice.

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The areas most in danger of experiencing heavy icing and freezing rain will be to the north and west of Philadelphia. The ice is expected to begin forming early Sunday morning. This combination will create a danger of power outages as heavy snow and ice accumulate on power lines and tree branches.

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Philadelphia and areas further south, like South Jersey, the Jersey Shore and southern Delaware will be less affected by snow, but could see several inches of heavy rainfall, creating a risk of floods. These areas could also expereince a rain-snow mix. As Arctic air rushes in later on Sunday, any leftover moisture will quickly freeze -- slush will likely turn to ice on roads and sidewalks.

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The sooner you shovel, especially in northern and western suburbs, the better as whatever snow is on the ground will harden as temps quickly drop.

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It's still too soon to predict how much snow and ice could fall.

Dangerous Cold - Late Sunday through Monday night

The coldest air of the winter season so far will plunge our neighborhoods into a deep freeze later Sunday as winds, with gusts above 40 mph possible, blow. Low temperatures are expected to rest in the single digits and highs in the teens on Monday.

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Making matter worse, the wind chill will remain well below zero all day, but it'll feel 10 to 20 degrees below zero.

Any moisture left on the ground will freeze, making for potentially treacherous travel Monday.

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This Arctic blast will come on one of the most popular days for volunteerism: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Outdoor activities are likely to be moved or canceled.

The African American Museum in Philadelphia hopes to get people inside as quickly as possible Monday. Other groups are also making plans for the cold. Keep an eye on social media and reach out to organizations to learn of any changes to volunteer opportunities.

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Temps still won't break the freezing mark Tuesday when sunny skies push the high temperatures into the upper 20s. Relief from the cold finally comes on Wednesday with high temps pushing into the 40s.

Our team of First Alert meteorologists will keep you updated with the latest forecast here and on air and on the NBC10 App so you will be prepared for rain, snow or both and bitter cold in your neighborhood.

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<![CDATA[For Many Undocumented Women, Reproductive Healthcare Limited]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:03:23 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_18174008864094.jpg

Days after an immigration judge denied Layidua Salazar’s petition to remain in the United States in 2015 because she was not living with her spouse, she learned at an annual visit to Planned Parenthood that she was pregnant.

The possibility that she would not be allowed to stay in the country made her realize "within five minutes" that she couldn’t continue her pregnancy and risk her family being separated at some point, she said.

"I can’t do both. Can’t be in the middle of deportation proceedings and be pregnant," said Salazar, who is now a storyteller with We Testify, a program of the National Network of Abortion Funds. The organization works to decrease barriers, including financial, to abortion.

Because she had worked with reproductive justice organizations, she knew that her Planned Parenthood clinic in California's Bay Area did not have to disclose that she was undocumented. She had an abortion two days later. Given all that was going on, she said, her "abortion experience was relatively simple.” But, she and other advocates noted, this is not the case for many undocumented women in the U.S.

"Reproductive healthcare for immigrant women is very much a patchwork system," Jessica González-Rojas, executive director at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, told NBC. "It often depends on where you live and the access that you have to reach certain communities."

The undocumented community "has lived in a major state of panic since about 2008," Salazar said.

After the record number of deportations at the border under President Barack Obama, "I remember when the [Trump] election happened many people in my community saying it can't possibly get worse," Salazar said. "And, low and behold, it actually has. It has gotten horrible." 

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Efforts across the country to restrict access to reproductive healthcare and the Trump administration's anti-immigrant policies have converged to impede undocumented women’s reproductive rights including their decision to have a child, and their right not to, legal and other advocates for immigrants as well as several undocumented women who spoke to NBC say. Access to reproductive health care has been limited by a lack of health insurance, legal obstacles, difficulties in traveling and the fear of deportation and the family separation policies under President Donald Trump.  

'Jane Doe' and a Right to an Abortion
Since Roe v. Wade was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973, all women have had a constitutional right to an abortion.

"There's no exception for anyone, including based on their immigration status," Brigitte Amiri, deputy director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, told NBC. 

But last year, the federal Department of Health and Human Services tried to prevent a 17-year-old unaccompanied Mexican immigrant from ending her pregnancy, by refusing to allow her to leave the detention facility in Brownsville, Texas. They instead brought her to a crisis pregnancy center, a type of non-profit that counsels women against abortions. Such facilities have been accused of disseminating false information. As of March 2017, shelters receiving federal funding cannot take "any action that facilitates" abortion access. 

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"What the Trump administration did to Jane Doe was unprecedented,” said Amiri, a lead lawyer on Jane’s case, who knew of no other case where the government held a woman hostage to prevent her from getting an abortion. “It is so extreme and so egregious and a symptom of a larger problem in the Trump administration and its hostility to access and contraception." 

The Supreme Court vacated a court of appeals decision that had allowed her to get the abortion last June; her case will not be precedent for others. 

Doe is not the only young undocumented woman to be obstructed from obtaining an abortion; the ACLU has filed a class action lawsuit with other women affected by similar circumstances. 

Local Laws Impeding Access 
When a woman from Central America who NBC spoke with became pregnant, in 2016, the steps to getting an abortion in Texas were more difficult than she anticipated. She searched for a clinic where she could receive a free ultrasound. She also ended up at a crisis pregnancy center, where she was told her pregnancy was too far along for an abortion. (It is illegal to get an abortion past 20 weeks in Texas, barring severe health issues or fetal abnormality.)

But the woman continued her research, and was able to find a clinic in Dallas. That clinic referred her to a sister one in a nearby state. She’d have to fly out a few days later and it would cost her over $10,000. 

"I’m like, okay, I don’t even have $50," she recalled. In the end, with outside support, she was able to get the abortion in February 2016.

She feared flying because her student visa is expired but thought getting an abortion was worth the risk.  

"That’s something that, at least for me, makes me nervous, because, as you can see on the news, they ask for documents," she said. NBC is not identifying her over her concerns.

Texas, one of the six states that according to Pew Research are home to 58 percent of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., spotlights the difficulties undocumented women face in obtaining reproductive healthcare access. Texas’ reproductive healthcare clinics in particular have been targeted by state policies.

In 2013, Texas passed House Bill 2, imposing new restrictions on abortion clinics, and banned abortions beyond 20 weeks, forcing many clinics to shut down. The Supreme Court overturned the restrictions three years later as placing an undue burden women seeking abortions, though many clinics struggle to reopen.

González-Rojas said the cost of transportation, within and outside of Texas, could be a "de facto ban on abortion for women" and a "matter of reproductive justice."

For instance, in many colonias, unincorporated housing communities composed primarily of Latino immigrants near the Texas border, road infrastructure is "poor" and there is a lack of adequate public transportation.

Then in May 2017, Texas Senate Bill 4 outlawed sanctuary cities. Also called the "show me your papers law," it requires that local governments comply with federal immigration "detainers."

The law created a "wave of panic among the Latinx communities in the state of Texas," said Nancy Cárdenas Peña, associate director for State Policy and Advocacy at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIH). She said it also "made conditions a lot harder."

"We were seeing, even during the implementation and during the passage of SB4, border patrol and ICE … started making their way towards routes that our activists usually took to get to their healthcare appointments," she said.

The undocumented Texas woman told NBC she wanted to speak out about her experience to show others like her that abortions are possible. She mentioned a woman whom she met at the abortion clinic also from her home country, who was surprised there was funding that could help.

"You have the opportunity even if you’re not from this country," she said.

"My Body, My Choice"
Alejandra Pablos, a reproductive and immigrants rights activist in Arizona, had her fourth abortion in March 2017, at 33. It was her first while she was fighting deportation and came at a time when she wanted to start considering having a baby. She had a "great job," and thought of her strong community.

"This was what could have been a beautiful moment for me, but I quickly remembered that I am still facing deportation," said Pablos, who spoke with NBC this fall.

"How am I supposed to take care of another human being?" she asked.

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Pablos was detained by ICE in March. 

"It is not only my decision anymore," she said. "I don’t have the privilege to say, 'my choice, my body' when my body basically belongs to ICE."

This December, she appeared in court to apply for political asylum. Her petition was denied and her green card was revoked: The judge has ordered her deportation.

Pablos grew up in California and her parents had citizenship, but she didn’t petition for her legal permanent residency until she was 16. As a legal resident, in 2011, she was arrested in Arizona for possession of drug paraphernalia and a DUI and detained for two years in Eloy Detention Center, a private prison. Because the arrest came within the first five years of her legal permanent residency, she lost the status.

A year after she had her abortion, Pablos was detained again, following an arrest at a protest outside the Department of Homeland Security in Virginia, where she was working at the time. She was released—those charges were dropped— but at an ICE check-in soon after, she was taken back to Eloy for two more months. Pablos lost her work permit and her job at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

Just as barriers to accessing care impede undocumented women’s ability to raise children, so can other federal policies.

The Trump administration's "zero tolerance" position towards immigration on the U.S.-Mexico border led to the widely condemned the family separation policy. Children separated from parents facing prosecution were held in "tender age" detention shelters.

The program was ended by an executive order in June but in late November, the Texas Tribune reported the number of children held in private shelters had reached a high: 5,620 children as of Nov. 15.

This is a "major reproductive justice issue," Salazar said.

The Fear Factor
The "fear factor," according to González-Rojas, means many undocumented women "are forgoing care completely."

A study released Nov. 1 from the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health found that 1 in 4 of Latino voters “have a close family member or friend who has put off getting health care because of fear around immigration issues.” One in 5 reported the same about reproductive health care. These numbers are for voters; The numbers are likely higher for undocumented immigrants, González-Rojas said.

Planned Parenthood NYC’s Promotores de Salud team — certified Spanish language medical interpreters who provide information for sexual and reproductive healthcare to Latinas — has "noticed that fewer community members were making appointments during outreach sessions," Larissa Vasquez, associate director of adult and professional programs at PPNYC, wrote in an email to NBC. The women were distrustful of accessing care in traditional places like clinics and community-based organizations, she added. 

Through their "Nuestro Texas" report from 2015, a partnership between the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the Center for Reproductive Justice, González-Rojas "heard stories of women who are afraid to take their children to school, are afraid to leave the house," She cited "constant militarization in that community."

"We have heard stories of ICE vehicles parked in clinic parking lots, community health centers." González-Rojas said clinic staff told her.

Salazar, the We Testify storyteller, said she's experienced border patrol presence near Planned Parenthood "regularly," happening around border areas in California.

"It means that people who are undocumented don’t even want to approach [Planned Parenthood] obviously," she told NBC.

For many undocumented women, who lack medical insurance—undocumented immigrants cannot access the Affordable Care Act—clinics that offer free or affordable care can be crucial in obtaining healthcare. But organizations meant to uphold their reproductive rights may not always consider their needs.

In 2017, the Planned Parenthood Great Memphis Region opened 400 feet away from an ICE office. Planned Parenthood told Rewire they were under the impression ICE would move offices. In their statement, PPGMR said: "Our highest priority is our patients, and we will be doing all we can to ensure that they can seek care safely without fear."

González-Rojas called it a "you are not welcome here" sign for immigrants from around the world.

Adding to fears is Trump’s proposed "public charge" rule, which would would revise the 1999 green card rules by making it more difficult for immigrants who use public assistance—health insurance, like Medicaid, or food stamps, for instance—to obtain a green card. The rule hasn’t officially taken hold yet but there are reports that it is being quietly enforced already and many undocumented immigrants have already felt the effects.

González-Rojas said media coverage, especially in Spanish, has caused some undocumented immigrants to already withdraw from care.

"There’s a real chilling effect that these proposed rules are creating" González-Rojas observes, "and the visible climate of fear."

This public charge law is being written and sought to be implemented in a way that, Jiménez said, "affects our ability to raise our children, to make decisions about reproduction."

Looking Forward
The priorities of the Texas branch of the NLIH are always changing, Cárdenas Peña said. "This administration is definitely trying to exhaust all of the activists by making us be in this fight or flight mode 24/7," she said.

When ICE detained Eva Chavez, an immigration and reproductive rights activist who worked with NLIH's Texas Latina Advocacy Network last February, the group was met with an increase in demand for their services. Her case is ongoing.

"I looked at the camera," Cárdenas Peña said, "and told anyone who was watching, “you do not have to do this alone. There is a community behind you and we will be happy to support you. And goddammit, the people listened. My phone started blowing up with calls."

After her green card was revoked this December, Pablos, the Arizona-based reproductive and immigrants rights activist facing deportation, told The Washington Post, "La Lucha Sigue" of her continuing struggle. She plans to appeal by seeking a governor's pardon.

"The reason why I’m doing this and I’m not going back in the shadows, and I’m going to fight this deportation is that I want to be able to make that choice, if I want to start a family or not," she said before her trial.

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<![CDATA[List of School Delays and Closings]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:23:07 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Snow+Bus1.jpg
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<![CDATA[Hupperterz Found Guilty of Murdering Temple Student Burleigh]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 20:41:31 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Hupperterz+Burleigh+bipanel.jpg

Josh Hupperterz was found guilty of first-degree murder Thursday in the 2017 slaying of then-Temple University student Jenna Burleigh, after less than two hours of deliberations by the jury.

Jurors found that Hupperterz killed Burleigh in a bloody fight following the young woman's objection to a sex act inside the 29-year-old's apartment near Temple's North Philadelphia campus. 

Hupperterz was sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Glenn Bronson to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Bronson called the murder "outrageous and depraved and terrible."

Burleigh was killed because she “had the audacity to say no," Assistant District Attorney Jason Grenell said during his impassioned closing argument Thursday in a Philadelphia courtroom.

”Josh Hupperterz killed this girl,” he told the jury. “The last thing she saw before dying was [his] face.”

Grenell’s dramatic statements followed nearly two hours of closing arugments by Hupperterz’s lawyer, David Nenner, who tried to pin the murder on his client’s roommate, Jack Miley.

The jury began deliberating shortly after 2 p.m. By 3:45 p.m., they had reached a verdict.

Hupperterz was found guilty of strangling Burleigh, stuffing her body into a storage bin and then trying to hide it at his grandparents’ rural property in Wayne County, Pennsylvania.

He had pleaded not guilty to murder and using an instrument of a crime, but previously conceded to abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. He was found guilty on all charges.

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Hupperterz's trial started off with a twist when his defense attorney accused Miley of killing Burleigh. But Miley, who was not charged with a crime, testified that he passed out after drinking heavily, smoking cannabis and taking 1 mg of Xanax, and did not hear the violent struggle unfolding upstairs. 

Prosecutors said that Burleigh and Hupperterz met at a popular bar near Temple’s campus, walked back to Hupperterz's apartment and fought violently after she refused a sex act.

On Thursday, Grenell showed the court video of their first encounter at Pub Webb.

Burleigh, her hair parted in pigtails, sat alone at the bar when Hupperterz approached her sometime after 1:30 a.m., according to the video. She initially appeared to refuse his advances but eventually the two stumbled back together to Hupperterz’s apartment. 

By 4:30 a.m., she was dead, prosecutors said.

Grenell, in his closing argument, detailed how Hupperterz allegedly “pummeled, beat, hit her and held her down” during their deadly fight. 

Later, on the afternoon of Aug. 31, 2017, Hupperterz enlisted the unwitting help of his cousin and a Lyft driver to move Burleigh’s body, which had been folded into a bin, to his grandparents’ house in rural Pennsylvania, Grenell said.

“He treated a human body like trash,” he said.

Grenell brought that bin to court Thursday and also showed pictures of Burleigh’s body crammed inside. 

Nenner, in his closing argument, stuck to his theory that the roommate did it.

”Jack Miley lied,” he said.

Grenell called the allegations a “Hail Mary” by a defendant who knew he is guilty. 

Miley, meanwhile, testified earlier in the trial that he fell asleep long before the violence broke out between Hupperterz and Burleigh, and that he didn't wake up until 1 p.m. later that day. When he did, Hupperterz was alone in the kitchen cleaning up blood.

During his statement, Grenell apologized to Miley and told jurors that Nenner’s allegations were “absurd.”

“This man is guilty of first-degree murder,” Grenell said of Hupperterz, adding that he choked Burleigh for three minutes before she died. 

“If he had let go, she would have survived,” Grenell told the jury.

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The trial, which started last week, took an emotional turn Wednesday when Burleigh's father, Joseph Ed Burleigh, described the last time he saw his daughter alive.

She had car trouble and called her dad for help, he  said. He drove from their family home in Montgomery County to Philadelphia and called AAA. After, they went to dinner and shared one last hug, he said.

"I had the opportunity to say goodbye," the father testified.

The Burleigh parents have looked on every day of the trial. Her mother clutched a rosary through much of the proceedings.

After the sentence came down Thursday evening, the family wept and hug. Both of Burleigh’s parents spoke before sentencing and attempted to describe their immeasurable loss through tears.

”My dreams are shattered,” Burleigh’s mom, Jaqueline Burleigh, said. “We are lost.”

Hupperterz’s mother has also been present, wearing large sunglasses and avoiding questions from the media. 

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<![CDATA[Police Search Through West Chester Townhouse of Missing Mom]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:01:00 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Anna+Maciejewska.jpg

Nearly two years after Anna Maciejewska vanished from her suburban Philadelphia home, investigators searched through a townhouse she and her husband owned in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

State police and other officials burst through the green door of the townhouse Thursday around 4 p.m. to serve a search warrant. They were inside the home for more than four hours before leaving with several bags of evidence. 

It marked the first big, physical search in the cold case in more than a year and a half.

“We’ve been working this case since day one,” Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Robert Kirby said. “We came up with some new information that led us to get a search warrant for this residence. We’re working very closely with the Chester County District Attorney’s Office."

The townhouse was owned by Maciejewska and then jointly owned by her and her husband Allan Jay Gould after their wedding. Maciejewska was living at a different home in Malvern however at the time of her disappearance in April, 2017.

Gould was the last person to see the 43-year-old mother before she vanished. He told investigators she left for work in a “panic.” He waited several days to report that she was missing however, according to officials.

The missing persons case eventually became a murder investigation.

“We are out there looking for her body,” Cpl. Kirby told NBC10 back in May of 2018. “We haven’t ruled out any suspects.”

Gould was named a person of interest in his wife’s disappearance but he was never named a suspect. Officials said he stopped cooperating with investigators.

"We think Allen has the key," Cpl. Kirby said. "We think Allen has information. Allen has not told us the truth on everything and we would love to speak to Allen again."

Police went to serve a search warrant at Gould's Malvern home Thursday night. But no one answered the door.

State Police had previously searched for clues inside Maciejewska’s home in Malvern in July of 2017.

Since Maciejewska’s disappearance, her family and friends have raised awareness and money for the search effort. 

Here is a timeline of the cold case.

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<![CDATA[3 of 4 Americans Killed in Syria Explosion Identified]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:26:26 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/syria-american-victims1.jpg

The four Americans killed Wednesday in an explosion in Syria were a soldier, a sailor, a civilian member of the Department of Defense and a contractor supporting the department, NBC News reported.

Three have been publicly identified: Army Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan R. Farmer, 37; Navy Chief Cryptologic Technician Shannon M. Kent, 35, and Scott A. Wirtz. The contractor has not been identified.

The deaths of two U.S. service members made Wednesday the deadliest day for Americans in Syria.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, claiming it was a suicide bombing, though it did not immediately produce evidence to support the claim. American defense officials said that ISIS has not been present in the city for months and cautioned the group sometimes falsely claims credit for attacks.

<![CDATA[Email Prompts Man to Attend Stranger's Vt. Bachelor Party ]]> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:20:51 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/will14.jpg

A typo in an email address connected total strangers — and will result in an unlikely guest at a party in Vermont this weekend.

“I try to be open to things in life,” said Will Novak of Arizona, who was accidentally invited to the bachelor party of a man he never met.

A typo meant the invitation went to Will instead of to Bill Novak of Brooklyn, because their email addresses — like their names — are just a single letter off from one another.

“He’s a really nice guy,” Bill Novak said of Will Novak, referring to the email and texting friendship that developed after other party guests sorted out the email confusion.

The invitation was to a bachelor party for a man named Angelo and will be held this weekend at Vermont’s Okemo Mountain Resort.

Will Novak responded to the misdirected message, accepting the invitation, because he said he thought Angelo and his friends seemed cool.

“The fact they wrote back and met me at my level of intensity and enthusiasm and were like, ‘You seem great, you’re hilarious, come on out — let’s have fun,’ was amazing,” Will Novak said.

“It’s very crazy,” Bill Novak acknowledged, adding that he thinks his group of friends will all get along with the stranger from Arizona, based on the sense of humor and fun Will has demonstrated.

The director of Okemo’s ski-and-ride school said he will give the Arizonan beginner lessons, hoping to get his skills to the point where he can take an easy run with the whole bachelor party.

“I’ve never heard of anything even close to something like this,” ski-and-ride instructor Chris Saylor said of the unusual reason the guest is attending the bachelor party. “I think the friendship they’re going to build with people they’ve never met before, just through an errant email — it’s going to be stories for a lifetime!”

Bill Novak, the intended guest, said he can’t wait to meet the other Novak, and made a T-shirt staking his claim that he’s the “real” Will Novak.

Will Novak, the one in Arizona, said he is curious if his return trip home Sunday may be delayed by snow this weekend in New England. If it is, no biggie, he said: he’ll just have more time to spend with his new buddies.

Thursday, Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont, tweeted well-wishes to the groom-to-be and the guests at the bachelor party.

“Please extend my congratulations to Angelo and his bride-to-be on their wedding!” Scott tweeted. “It’s always great when new people visit Vermont. I hope you all have a fun weekend. Be safe and enjoy the snow!”

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<![CDATA[Philly Mayor Presents New Plan to Prevent Violence]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 20:49:00 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/policelinetapeGettyImages-926719206.jpg

As shooting numbers rise in Philadelphia, top officials are now combatting the crisis with a new plan. Neighbors say something has to change.

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