<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2018https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia https://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usMon, 28 May 2018 06:09:08 -0400Mon, 28 May 2018 06:09:08 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Video Shows Officer Punching Woman During Beach Arrest]]> Mon, 28 May 2018 00:00:57 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Wildwood-Beach-Punch-Video-Arrest.jpg

Police are investigating a viral video of an officer punching a woman while arresting her at the beach in Wildwood, New Jersey.

Emily Weinman, 20, of Philadelphia, was arrested Saturday and charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, aggravated assault by spitting bodily fluids at/on a police officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstruction and minor in possession of alcohol.

Video of the arrest shows three officers holding Weinman down on the sand. One officer punches her on the back of the head as they restrain her. A woman in the background repeatedly yells “stop resisting.”

Wildwood Commissioner of Public Safety Tony Leonetti told NBC10 Weinman assaulted one of the officers first by kicking him in the groin and then running away, which the video does not show. Wildwood Police also say at one point Weinman spat at one of the officers.

In a Facebook post, Weinman stated she and her friend were first confronted by two officers. While she admitted to being in possession of alcohol while underage, Weinman claims she wasn’t drinking at the time and that the alcohol was closed. She also said she took a breathalyzer test which came back negative. After the test, Weinman says the officers still stayed with her and one officer followed her as she walked away to make a phone call.

“Therefore I asked them don’t they have something better to do as cops than to stop people for underage drinking on the beach, saying to that there’s so much more serious stuff going on,” Weinman wrote. “The cop said, ‘I was gonna let you go but now I’ll write you up’ and he asked my name.”

Weinman said she didn’t give the officer her name because she “didn’t do anything wrong.” Weinman claims the officer then announced he was going to arrest her and walked toward her to place her in handcuffs.

“I tripped and fell and the cop tackled me to the ground and smashed my head into the sand,” Weinman wrote. “At that point I blacked out and fought any way possible trying to get up and push him off me.”

Weinman wrote that she was “partly wrong in a way” for not giving the officer her name but that she didn’t want to do it because she was scared.

“Like I said I didn’t do anything wrong and anything could’ve been written on that paper, the whole situation was iffy and I didn’t trust it,” she wrote. “Especially being aware of the fact of how grimy law enforcement can be now a days.”

Since being posted on social media, the video has sparked debate, with some supporting the officers’ actions, others insisting that people wait for the entire story to emerge before passing judgment and others condemning what they believe to be excessive force from the officers.

Wildwood Police say an internal affairs investigation was immediately initiated on the incident and the officers involved were reassigned to administrative duty pending the outcome.

“Chief Regalbuto stated that while he finds this video to be alarming, he does not want to rush to any judgment until having the final results of the investigation,” a Wildwood Police spokesman wrote.

Leonetti also told NBC10 they’re waiting to see the body camera footage of the officer involved.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the incident and has more video to contact Detective Lieutenant Kenneth Gallagher at 609-522-0222.

Photo Credit: HewittLexy
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<![CDATA[3 Trapped in Burning Car After Violent Head-on Crash]]> Sun, 27 May 2018 09:27:23 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Feltonville+Triple+Fatal+Fiery+Crash.png

A violent head-on crash between two cars along a North Philadelphia road ignited a fire in one of the vehicles that ultimately claimed the lives of three people trapped inside.

The crash happened around 1:40 a.m. Sunday at D Street and Whitaker Avenue in the city's Feltonville neighborhood.

One vehicle was heading north on Whitaker Avenue when the second car, which was heading south, attempted to make a left turn. Instead, it collided head-on with the other vehicle, Philadelphia Police Capt. Frank Palumbo said.

The impact was so severe, one vehicle was sent careening onto the sidewalk. That car, which was carrying three people, burst into flames.

Smartphone video recorded by a witness showed intense flames shooting from every car window.

The driver and passenger were unable to escape the car. All three were pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the other vehicle was critically injured in the crash, Palumbo said. They are being treated at Temple University Hospital.

Palumbo said investigators believe both drivers were speeding. The speed limit on that stretch of Whitaker Avenue is 30 mph.

The crash remains under investigation.

<![CDATA[Memorial Day Weekend Weather: Heavy Rain Then Temp Drop]]> Mon, 28 May 2018 00:07:49 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Newtown+Pa+Police+Flooding+5-27-18.jpg

Memorial Day weekend may be an unofficial start to summer, but it will feel very summer-like from the heat and humidity to scattered thunderstorms. 
You’ll need sunscreen, sunglasses and shade on Saturday. It will be a hazy, humid day with highs near 90. By evening some scattered thunderstorms are possible.
A front will stall near our area will act as the focal point for scattered showers and storms.
On Sunday and Monday skies will be mostly cloudy with thunderstorms possible mainly in the afternoon and evening. Highs both days will be in the 80s. Neither day will be a washout.

The rain showers will continue through the first half of Tuesday with temperatures in the 7H

A battle between humid air and a cold front played out over the region Sunday bringing heavy rain, flooding, lightning and a drop in temperatures.

A cold front slid into the region Sunday morning from the northeast. This combined with moisture and rain triggered heavy downpours, lightning and flash flooding over the Pennsylvania suburbs and in central New Jersey. In fact, some parts of Bucks and Mercer counties saw between 3 and 6 inches of rain in only a few hours. Water rescues were required.

Late Sunday afternoon, another round of rain entered the region from the southwest. The cold front dropped over the southern edge of our region.

A Flash Flood Watch for much of the Southern half of our region is in place through 4am Monday morning.

The rain was so heavy that the National Weather Service issued a series of Flash Flood Watches and Warnings through midday. A Flood Warning was issued for the Assunpink Creek in Trenton as well.

Behind that rain is much cooler air. The temperature in Philadelphia dropped into the upper 60s by the afternoon, while Atlantic City dipped below 65 degrees.

The Delaware beaches remained one of the warmer spots with temperatures in the mid-70s by the evening.

Memorial Day should be cloudy, but mostly dry as temps push into the mid to upper 70s for remembrances and parades. At the shore points, temps will be closer to 70 and we can't rule out a spotty shower.

By Tuesday, the sun should return as temps push into the 80s. Tuesday will be considerably humid again, too.

Photo Credit: Newtown Borough Police Department
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<![CDATA[Man Celebrates Memorial Day by Remembering Vietnam Veteran Brother]]> Mon, 28 May 2018 00:11:16 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Man_Celebrates_Memorial_Day_by_Remembering_Brother.jpg

A local man is continuing his Memorial Day Weekend tradition of honoring his veteran brother who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

<![CDATA[Police Find Body in Del. River Believed to Be Missing Boater]]> Sat, 26 May 2018 16:41:34 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/CHOPPER-+WATER+RESCUE+-+19153205_28632556.jpg

A body found in the Delaware River is believed to be of a boater who went missing after falling into the water several days ago.

On Saturday, shortly before noon, a passing vessel reported a body floating in the river near Beverly, New Jersey. The New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau responded and recovered the body.

Officials believe the body is of a man who went missing after his boat overturned. They are waiting for a positive identification from the Burlington County Medical Examiner's Office to confirm.

The unidentified man was one of five people aboard a 16-foot recreational vessel Monday. The boat hit a wake around 5:40 p.m. and all five people fell into the water.

The Coast Guard arrived at the scene and rescued four of the boaters who were all taken to area hospitals.

After crews were unable to find the fifth boater, a man in his 20s, the search effort became a recovery effort.

Photo Credit: NBC10 ]]>
<![CDATA[Assad May Have Withheld Some of Chemical Arsenal: Watchdog]]> Mon, 28 May 2018 05:02:04 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/assad-AP_18130352811179.jpg

The head of the world’s chemical weapon watchdog is questioning whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has declared his entire chemical arsenal, NBC News reported.

Ahmet Uzumcu, the director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) pointed out that attacks involving chlorine barrel bombs and the nerve agent sarin have continued despite a landmark agreement that won the group a Nobel Peace Prize in 2013.

The use of sarin in February 2017 raised concerns that Syria may have kept certain banned substances despite the government saying it surrendered its stockpile of chemical agents in 2013, Uzumcu said.

Syrian "authorities have to explain in a plausible, technically plausible manner why the samples collected by our experts did prove the existence of certain chemicals which were never declared," Uzumcu said in an interview with NBC News. "So they should explain why those chemicals were present in such places."

Photo Credit: SANA via AP, File]]>
<![CDATA[Police Capture Car Theft Suspect, Find Kids After Wild Chase]]> Sat, 26 May 2018 19:48:09 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Lakim-McDonald-Lead.jpg

Police identified a man accused of stealing a running car with two young children inside, leading to a wild chase in Northeast Philadelphia. 

Lakim McDonald, 23, is charged with theft by unlawful taking, kidnapping, endangering the welfare of a child, recklessly endangering another person and other offenses.

The ordeal began Wednesday around 10 p.m. when a 28-year-old woman stopped by her friend's house on the 1000 block of Van Kirk Street to drop something off. The woman parked her white 2010 Toyota Camry in front of the home with the engine running and her two sons, ages 6 and 1, in the backseat.

As the woman ran to the front door, McDonald allegedly went into her car and drove off with her children inside.

"It appears the male took this car as a crime of opportunity because the car was sitting there with the engine running," Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said. "Probably very surprised that there were two children in the backseat because the vehicle has heavy tint. But, that's still an abduction."

The woman flagged down a passing police car and reported the theft. Officers spotted the Camry on the 1500 block of Sellers Street, about a mile away from where it was stolen. A police aviation unit began to follow it as it sped off.

"We made sure ground units didn't chase it because we didn't want the vehicle to get involved in an auto accident running from police," Small said.

The aviation unit pursued the vehicle for about 2 miles. The chase finally ended when the stolen car struck a curb at the intersection of Castor and Wyoming avenues. Officers on the ground were notified and they captured the suspect, identified by police as McDonald.

Police say McDonald appeared to be impaired at the time of the arrest.

As police placed McDonald in custody, they realized the children were not inside the car. McDonald told police he dropped the children off along the 4700 block of Darrah Street, according to Small.

Around the same time the suspect was captured, police received another report of two children who were found along the 4700 block of Darrah Street. The two children were found safe and reunited with their mother.

The family was thankful the boys weren't hurt.

“The only thing we want to say is thanks to the police for their work and to the two women who found my nephews," the boys' aunt told NBC10.

The mother and children were taken to the Special Victims Unit.

"A happy ending," Small said. "Great job done by Philadelphia Police."

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<![CDATA[Floods Crush Cars, Destroy Streets in Ellicott City, Md. ]]> Sun, 27 May 2018 23:40:15 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/MD-flooding-GettyImages-963143494.jpg Raging waters tore through the streets of Ellicott City, Maryland, on Sunday destroying nearly everything in the flood's path.

Photo Credit: Libby Solomon/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Cleveland Cavaliers Defeat Boston Celtics 87-79 in Game 7]]> Mon, 28 May 2018 02:19:16 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/cavsGettyImages-963139974.jpg

An incredible season came to an end for the Boston Celtics on Sunday.

The Celtics headed into Game 7 of the Eastern Conferencee Finals with a 10-0 record at home in this year’s playoffs, but with arguably the best player in the league in LeBron James on their side, the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled off a 87-79 road win over Boston to clinch a spot in the NBA Finals.

James earned his eighth-straight trip to the Finals by posting yet another monster game, ending the night with 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists.

“He’s unbelievable,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said of James following the game. ”We’ve played now until May 25 and May 27 the last two years, and we started on Sept. 25, and that’s every day. Like every day that you’re totally focused on this. And he’s gone past that eight straight times. It’s ridiculous. And he does it at this level, with the pressure, with the scrutiny, doesn’t matter. It’s just unbelievable.”

The Cavaliers were without starter Kevin Love, who was ruled out due to concussion-like symptoms after bumping heads with Jayson Tatum in Game 6. Former Celtic Jeff Green started in Love’s place after his 14 points in Game 6 helped spark Cleveland off the bench. He finished Sunday night with 19 points and eight rebounds.

The Celtics led by as many as 12 points in the first half, committing only one turnover to Cleveland’s seven, but the Cavaliers went on a run of their own to cut the lead down as much as two.

After leading 43-39 at the half, the Celtics fell behind 56-51 after a trip to the line by Green, giving the Cavaliers their largest lead in the third. Cleveland had just a three-point lead at the start of the fourth and a Jayson Tatum 3-pointer helped give Boston one more lead at 72-71 with 6:04 left to play, but Cleveland finished the game on a 16-7 run.

“I talked about the pain is part of the path,” Stevens said. “We’ve been really fortunate to continuously get better the last couple of years and put ourselves in better positions, but when it ends, it’s painful. But that is part of the path, so we have to let it motivate us.”

The Celtics’ 3-point shooting was one of its downfalls Sunday, as the team went 7-for-39 for 17.9 percent, but Tatum served as one of the few offensive bright spots with 24 points. Al Horford notched 17 points, followed by Marcus Morris and Jaylen Brown respectively.

“I just love everything about the kid,” James said of Tatum. “The way he plays the game, his demeanor, where he comes from. I know his parents, and I know he’s just built for stardom. He’s built for success. That’s both on and off the floor.”

Without stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, not many had the Celtics making it to the Eastern Conference Finals, but resiliency led them back for the second-straight year. Boston fans applauded the team as the buzzer sounded.

“We have nothing to hang our heads about,” Horford said following the game. “I think the effort was great. Obviously, I’m disappointed that we couldn’t reach that next level. I think for our group, for myself, we all need to look at the work that we did this season and understand that there’s a lot more work to do in order to reach that next level.”

The Cavaliers now go on to face the winner between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets in the NBA Finals.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Union Report Raises Concerns About Outsourced Aircraft Maintenance]]> Sun, 27 May 2018 15:10:53 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Union_Report_Raises_Concerns_About_Outsourced_Aircraft.jpg

A new report commissioned by the Transport Workers Union raises questions about oversight of airplane maintenance and inspections being carried out in foreign countries. Transport Workers Union International President John Samuelsen explains why his organization feels airlines are risking safety.

<![CDATA[How Do You Traverse a Toxic Work Environment]]> Sun, 27 May 2018 15:09:06 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/How_Do_You_Traverse_a_Toxic_Work_Environment.jpg

It can feel horrible to go into a workplace that's turned toxic. Whether it's your boss or a lack of teamwork, there are things you can do. Julie Ragatz with the American College of Financial Services offers ways to traverse difficult workplace matters.

<![CDATA[Jeff Flake: GOP Needs to Stand Up to Trump More Forcefully]]> Sun, 27 May 2018 12:51:03 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/668298836-Jeff-Flake.jpg

Sen. Jeff Flake called on Republicans in Congress to more forcefully push back against President Donald Trump and said there is growing concern behind the scenes that the president could take action against special counsel Robert Mueller.

“When the president says things that are just totally wrong, it’s the responsibility of members of Congress, particularly those in the president’s party, to stand up and say, ‘That is not right. Truth is not relative, and there are no alternative facts here,’” Flake, R-Ariz., said in an interview on “Meet the Press.”

While he isn’t running for re-election to the Senate, Flake also left open the possibility that he could challenge Trump in a primary in 2020. 

While a presidential run is not in his plans, he said, he has “not ruled anything out.”

Photo Credit: Ralph Freso/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[The Growing Movement to Ban Plastic Straws]]> Sun, 27 May 2018 09:14:26 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AdobeStock_94411214.jpg

The humble plastic drinking straw has become the villain of the moment for environmental crusaders, with New York City joining a small but growing list of communities considering a straw ban to lighten the load on landfills and protect marine life, NBC News reported.

The campaign is not advancing uniformly, though. It remains mostly the province of coastal communities, while the plastics industry questions the value of such bans and shareholders for one major straw distributor, McDonald's, voted against a push by activists for the chain to re-evaluate its use of plastic straws.

The initiatives seem to be gaining energy because of viral photos and videos of seals trapped in plastic netting, dead whales disgorging mounds of plastic and — in one video viewed nearly 25 million times on YouTube — a sea turtle suffering as rescuers struggle to remove a straw from its nose.

California and Hawaii are pondering statewide action to regulate distribution of plastic straws, but most of the efforts on the issue have taken place at the local level, with more than a dozen cities and towns banning or limiting distribution of the disposable items — including Alameda, Carmel, Davis, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Oakland, Richmond and San Luis Obispo in California; Seattle and Edmonds in the State of Washington; Miami Beach and Ft. Meyers in Florida; and Monmouth Beach in New Jersey.

Photo Credit: Montri Maiman/Adobe, File]]>
<![CDATA[Dozens of Obama Alumni Are Launching Bids for Office]]> Sun, 27 May 2018 08:30:35 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/allred-and-malinowski-Diptych.jpg

The Obama Alumni Association, a group run by former members of President Barack Obama’s two administrations, says at least 64 of his former staffers are running for federal, state, or local elective office this year, NBC News reported.

Fired up to push back against President Donald Trump, some are running for city council or governor, while at least 28 are running for the House of Representatives, including civil rights attorney Colin Allred. Tom Malinowski, a former assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, is running for Congress in New Jersey.

"Looking back on last year, it was the effort to take down the Affordable Care Act with no viable replacement. It was the Muslim ban, and attacks on immigrants, it was the tearing up of alliances and commitments internationally. It was the taking down of environmental protections, it was refusing to invest in infrastructure as Trump had promised," Malinowski said.

The surge of Democratic candidates with ties to Obama has the potential to fill state and federal legislatures with like-minded allies, many of whom are young or diverse or both.

Photo Credit: AP; Getty]]>
<![CDATA[Hall and Oates Headline HoagieNation]]> Sat, 26 May 2018 23:39:04 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Hall_and_Oates_Headline_HoagieNation.jpg

Legendary duo Hall and Oates headlined the HoagieNation Festival at Penn's Landing. Here are some highlights from the exciting event.

<![CDATA[2 Men Charged After Body Found in Pennypack Park]]> Sat, 26 May 2018 20:35:32 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Pennypack+Park+Map.JPG

Two men were arrested after a badly decomposed body was found in Pennypack Park.

Eric Koltz is charged with murder, possession of an instrument of a crime, abuse of corpse, tampering with evidence, and obstruction of justice. Harley Mason is charged with tampering with evidence, obstruction of justice and abuse of corpse.

On Wednesday around 6:30 p.m., police responded to Blakiston Street and Frankford Avenue for a report of a possible dead body at Pennypack Park.

After searching with a K9 cadaver dog, police found the decomposed body of an unidentified man at the park off of Welsh Road and Roland Avenue around 9:10 p.m.

Police have not yet released the man’s identity or a cause of death. They also have not yet released the mugshots of Koltz and Mason.

Photo Credit: Google Street View]]>
<![CDATA[New Surveillance Cameras in Mayfair]]> Sat, 26 May 2018 07:02:04 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/New_Surveillance_Cameras_in_Mayfair.jpg

Businesses in Philadelphia's Mayfair neighborhood now have "extra eyes" to keep them safe.

<![CDATA[Atlantic City Casino Celebrates 40th Anniversary]]> Sat, 26 May 2018 09:51:46 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Atlantic_City_Casino_Celebrates_40th_Anniversary.jpg

The Resorts Casino in Atlantic City is celebrating its 40th anniversary by allowing guests to get one free pull on the first slot machine played at the casino, the first one to open outside of Nevada.

<![CDATA[HoagieNation Festival at Penn's Landing]]> Sat, 26 May 2018 19:06:17 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Hoagienation_Festival_at_Penn_s_Landing.jpg

It's a fun day of music and hoagies at Penn's Landing with the HoagieNation Festival. The legendary Hall & Oates are ready to perform! 

<![CDATA[Memorial Day Weekend at the Shore]]> Sat, 26 May 2018 19:13:10 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Memorial-Day-Weekend-at-the-Shore-Lead-Photo.jpg

Many people headed down to the Jersey Shore Saturday for the unofficial start of summer. Memorial Day Weekend is an exciting one for beachgoers and business owners.

<![CDATA[Longtime Officer, Radnor Police Chief Bill Colarulo Retiring]]> Fri, 25 May 2018 19:22:01 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Colarulo+Retirement+Deanna+PKG.png

A longtime police officer in Philadelphia and now the Chief of the Radnor Police Department, Bill Colarulo, is retiring. Looking back on his career, Colarulo talks about the one crime that shaped his entire career.