<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Weird News]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/weird http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-usSat, 20 Oct 2018 04:26:21 -0400Sat, 20 Oct 2018 04:26:21 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Googly-Eyed Over the Gritty Sandwich Showdown]]> Fri, 19 Oct 2018 13:04:06 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Gritty+Flyers+MAscot+Thumb.jpg

Three Philly restaurants have made Gritty-inspired sandwiches. And, just like the Flyers' mascot itself, these sandwiches are scary at first -- and then delicious. You can try them out at the Gritty Sandwich Showdown sponsored by Billy Penn, Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the City Tap House.

Photo Credit: Ben Solomon/Philadelphia Flyers]]>
<![CDATA[Watch Divers Carve Pumpkins Underwater in Florida Keys]]> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 05:44:34 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/220*120/101418+pumpkins.jpg

A creative group of scuba divers submerged 30 feet beneath the surface in the Florida Keys to carve pumpkins.

The event took place at the annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving contest that took place Sunday near Key Largo.

Underwater artists of all ages used dive knives and carving tools to transform their orange gourds into sea creatures. Participants were also challenged to keep the hollow, naturally buoyant pumpkins from floating off while the artists worked their magic.

Sebastian Gimeno, 16, and his brother Gabriel, from Weston, impressed the judges with their dolphin and half-moon cutout to win a dive trip.

Other pump-kin entries included sharks, a sea horse, an eel, sea turtle and a skeleton fish.

Photo Credit: Florida Keys News Bureau]]>
<![CDATA[Runaway Pig Lured Home by Deputy's Doritos]]> Sun, 14 Oct 2018 23:56:11 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SB+Loose+Pig.jpg

San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies in California had to reach into their bag of tricks — or lunch bag of tricks — to corral a portly pig that had gotten loose.

The two deputies from the Highland station responded to a call of a pig "the size of a mini horse" wandering the streets. They decided the path of least resistance was to sacrifice a bit of their lunch to create a trail of chips to entice the pig back home.

He followed them and was secured inside of his gate. The deputies even knew where to take him because they had encountered him on previous calls.

Photo Credit: @LAPDHQ
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<![CDATA[There’s a Sea Monster in The Navy Yard]]> Fri, 12 Oct 2018 19:36:00 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NYSMthumbnail.png Seriously. We're not kidding.

Photo Credit: Dan Farrell]]>
<![CDATA['Sea Monsters HERE': Gigantic Navy Yard Artwork Engulfs Building]]> Sat, 13 Oct 2018 13:17:46 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SeaMonster_1200x675_1343070787786.jpg

 Two artists, Filthy Luker and Pedro Estrellas in collaboration with Group X, built one of Philadelphia's newest — and largest — installations at the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia. It was installed October 6, 2018.

<![CDATA[Yes, This Guy Was Fishing Over a Broad Street Storm Drain]]> Wed, 10 Oct 2018 19:34:40 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Center+City+Fishing+_30820715.jpg

Give a man a fish and he’s hungry again in an hour. Teach a man to fish and he’ll go fishing on Broad Street.

Wait, what?

If you were walking in Center City Philadelphia Wednesday, you may have noticed a peculiar sight. Mike Iaconelli, of Pittsgrove, New Jersey, sat near a storm drain at Broad and Race streets holding a fishing rod. Next to him sat a channel catfish in a yellow bucket that he claimed he caught in the inlet.

“A lot of people don’t know, Broad Street, all this runs in the Schuylkill River which runs in the Delaware River,” he said. “People can have great fishing right here in Center City and a lot of people don’t realize that.”

Iaconelli, who told NBC10 he's gone city fishing since he was a child, said he’s caught everything from American eels to snakeheads to rats while city fishing. His bait of choice? Hot dogs and Philadelphia soft pretzels. 

“People that are done with their food, they throw it in so this is natural,” he said. “These are Philly fish, all the way. Tried and true. If [the] fish could talk, they’d probably say, ‘E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles!”

Iaconelli told NBC10 he fishes for sport and releases anything he catches. 

“It’s fun. It’s real relaxing,” he said. “It keeps me outside. Keeps me in good shape.”

So was the catfish Iaconelli showed off actually swimming in the storm drain? John DiGiulio of the Philadelphia Water Department has his doubts, considering how far the location is from the river.

“We at the Water Department have never pulled a living fish out of an inlet and the location of it makes it extremely unlikely that it occurred naturally,” DiGiulio said.

Iaconelli is also a professional bass tournament angler and the host of a new city fishing show on Nat Geo Wild, which calls into question whether or not his Center City fishing was a publicity stunt. One large-mouth clue that points to a stunt: The Nat Geo Wild show premieres on Friday.

Iaconelli insisted however that he regularly goes fishing on Broad Street. He even suggested it was a bit therapeutic when it comes to dealing with the hustle and bustle of a big city.

“The noise, all this, it kind of disappears,” he said. “And I get to meet great people and catch some fish.”

<![CDATA[Hundreds of Corgis Descend on DC's Jefferson Memorial]]> Mon, 08 Oct 2018 11:14:14 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/corgi+8.JPG Hundreds of corgis and other dogs from across the D.C. area gathered at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial along the Tidal Basin on Sunday for the "Million Corgi March."

Photo Credit: Christian Paz]]>
<![CDATA[Massive Snake Slithers Into West Chester Driver's Car]]> Wed, 03 Oct 2018 21:43:17 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/West+Chester+snake.jpg

One West Chester driver’s check engine light wouldn’t have lit up for this bizarre maintenance problem.

An 8 to 10 foot snake was found in the engine compartment of a driver’s vehicle Tuesday night. The driver spotted the reptile slither into the engine and immediately contacted the West Chester Police Department.

Responding to the call, police found the massive snake inside the engine compartment of the vehicle. They carefully removed the animal, and returned it to its owner.

Photo Credit: West Chester Police Department
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<![CDATA[All the Absurd Gritty Products You Never Knew You Needed]]> Wed, 03 Oct 2018 12:26:45 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/gritty+dancing+NBC10+telemundo.jpg With all these Gritty products at your disposal, it looks like the nightmare won't just be limited to Broad Street.

Photo Credit: Tim Furlong/NBC10]]>
<![CDATA[What Would You Name a SEPTA Mascot?]]> Wed, 03 Oct 2018 12:11:38 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/SEPTA+mascot+contest+-+image.jpg

The Philly Phanatic sailed in from the Galapagos Islands.

Swoop was an eagle granted better strength and vision — and, apparently, humanoid form — through the gift of an Eagles' jersey.

The Philadelphia Union’s Phang was a regular snake struck by lightning who then turned into a metal egg and was hatched anew at the Philadelphia Zoo, complete with arms, legs, and a gold Mohawk.

And Gritty, Philadelphia’s newest, er, monster, crawled out of a subterranean hole under the Wells Fargo Center, where he’d been lurking (and chowing down on Flyers hot dogs) for years.

In other words, the mascot hype in Philadelphia is bigger than ever. And now, SEPTA wants in.

The transportation authority tweeted Monday morning: "…What if #SEPTA had a mascot? Tell us what it should be [please be nice]."

Among the suggestions that came flooding in via social media were a sloth, a snail, and a delayed train. Others in the twitterverse suggested a rat, a bedbug, and "Gritty in a SEPTA uniform". Still others tweeted variations on the question “doesn’t SEPTA already have a mascot?”

The answer is — sort of. SEPTA’s "safety mascot", Paws, is an anthropomorphic dog with a train conductor uniform. He apparently wasn’t consulted on the mascot-contest idea.

Besides, SEPTA wants a creative origin story for its mascot, and Paws doesn’t have one.

So if you have the creativity SEPTA is looking for, and a mascot design to boot, you’re encouraged to enter SEPTA's contest. The grand prize is a November Anywhere TrailPass, and ten runners-up will receive a SEPTA t-shirt. The submission period ends October 24, so you better hurry.

Photo Credit: SEPTA
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<![CDATA[Headless Viking Statue Pulled From Schuylkill River]]> Wed, 03 Oct 2018 06:55:32 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Viking+statue+Pulled+Schuylkill+River.JPG

A 7-foot-4-inch Viking statue, its head knocked off, was hauled out of Philadelphia's Schuylkill River Tuesday evening after vandals toppled it overnight, police said.

It remains unclear who pulled the bronze off its perch along Fairmount Park’s Kelly Drive and then dragged it into the river. No suspects were identified but a crowbar was found at the scene.

Philadelphia police were called to the banks of the Schuylkill River just north of Boathouse Row around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday to find the Thorfinn Karlsefni statue submerged in the murky river. The statue, which features an Icelandic explorer thought to have visited America more than a millennium ago, has stood along the river for nearly 100 years.

The city hired a restoration firm to bring Thorfinn Karlsefni back to life, officials told NBC10. The firm previously restored Center City's famous LOVE statue.

People exercising along Kelly Drive before daybreak Tuesday stopped to take photos of the damaged nearly granite base where the statue once stood. Philadelphia detectives also stopped by to snap photos and look for surveillance video that could help them track down the person or people responsible for the vandalism.

It appeared the statue was pulled off its massive stone base, which measures 12-by-12 feet wide. Bits of stone were scattered across drag marks on the ground and the bronze could be seen bubbling underwater in the river.

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A police marine unit assessed the sunken situation. A crane was then needed to retrieve the statue, which weighs several thousand pounds, said Doug Martenson, who was tasked with renovating the statue after previous vandalism. The recovery effort could wind up costing thousands of dollars.

As the sculpture came out of the water, it was headless.

Einar Jónsson forged the statue in 1918 and the city installed it in 1920. The statue was commissioned by the Fairmount Park Art Association (now the Association for Public Art) and J. Bunford Samuel. It is one of dozens of statues lining the Schuylkill River north of Boathouse Row.

The statue has been the site of past white nationalist demonstrations around Leif Erickson Day, which honors the Norse explorer of the same name every Oct. 9, and counterprotests. The statue was also spray-painted in the past.

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Photo Credit: NBC10
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<![CDATA[Video: Brick Bounces Off Glass, Hits Would-Be Burglar's Head]]> Tue, 02 Oct 2018 09:09:34 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/brick+in+face+pg+county+with+bug.gif

An attempted burglary in Suitland, Maryland, went all wrong when the suspect's brick ricocheted off bulletproof glass and smashed into his head. 

Police are calling him the "Bad Luck Bandit."

The suspect shattered the front glass to get inside a waiting area of a takeout restaurant, police said. Surveillance video shows him then trying to break through a window to a back room.

The suspect lobbed the brick once, then twice, but the bulletproof glass resisted. He wound up his pitch for a third attempt and flung the brick to the window. It bounced back.

The suspect flinched, but it was too late.

The brick smacked him in the head, sending him to his hands and knees.

He tried to pick himself — and the brick — up again, before realizing the extent of his pain. Video shows the suspect rolled back, lay down on the restaurant floor and stayed there.

Police say he was on the ground for several minutes before giving up and leaving.

Prince George's County police are looking for the suspect. He was in the area of the restaurant in the 4000 block of Suitland Road in Suitland, Maryland, in the early hours of Sept. 20, police say.

Photo Credit: Prince George's County Police]]>
<![CDATA[Who Invited Jason Kelce to the Wedding? Oh, That's the Groom]]> Sat, 29 Sep 2018 10:32:57 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Pearce+Eagles+Wedding.jpg

Abington couple Gary and Leah Pearce love the Eagles.

A lot.

So much, in fact, that Gary rocked a duplicate of Jason Kelce’s iconic Super Bowl Parade Mummers costume Sept. 22 ... on his wedding day in Maple Glen, Montgomery County.

The outfit was bright green, pink, and gold, complete with a puff-shouldered jacket, striped pants, and an oversized, sequin covered hat. Needless to say, it was a hit.

It wasn’t entirely unprecedented, either. With his build and big beard, Pearce said, he’ll often walk into restaurants and be mistaken for the player.

“I get it all the time,” Pearce said.

So right after the Eagles’ Super Bowl parade ended, he and Leah began searching for a suit like Kelce’s.

They found one online.

“It was – kind of a sketchy website,” Pearce said. “But I was like, ‘We have to try to make this happen.’”

But the costume did come as a surprise to everyone at their reception. “The looks on some of their faces when they saw me coming around the corner… they were like ‘Oh my God, he’s really doing it’.”

His wife, he added, loved it. He wore it during their first dance. And it was exactly what they envisioned for the wedding.

“A hundred and twenty-five dollars, but worth every penny.”

He changed back into his ceremony clothes for the mother-and-son dance and the (Eagles-themed) cake cutting, but the Kelce costume made a reappearance at the Maple Glen Tavern that night. 

And post-wedding?

Pearce says he plans to keep the outfit.

“It’ll definitely come out again, here and there. Probably around Halloween.”

Photo Credit: Gary Pearce
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<![CDATA[Who Invited Jason Kelce to the Wedding? Wait, That's the Groom]]> Sat, 29 Sep 2018 07:21:10 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Pearce+Eagles+Wedding.jpg

Gary and Leah Pearce surprised wedding guests at their reception, Sept. 22, 2018, when the groom paraded in with a Jason Kelce-imitation Mummers costume.

Photo Credit: Gary Pearce]]>
<![CDATA[Couple Sets Up Tent on Subway, Crawl Inside, Smoke: Witness]]> Mon, 01 Oct 2018 06:21:04 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DoNb4XrUwAAAy0T.jpg

A couple got onto a subway train at the start of the evening rush Friday, set up a tent, crawled inside and brazenly began smoking drugs to the shock and disgust of other passengers in the train car, one of whom relayed the event to News 4 New York over Twitter.

A witness tweeted both the MTA and News 4 New York when a man and a woman got on the southbound 2 train at 233rd Street in the Bronx, pitched a green and blue camping tent, and crawled inside to "smoke some sort of a drug." 

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"They have the car train door open, exposing passengers to drugs," the rider tweeted to NYC Transit just before 5 p.m. "Please alert the conductor or police." 

The witness moved from the car with several other passengers after smoke began filling it. 

"I'm sick and tired of these people on the trains," @Indepublican told News 4. "This drug epidemic is outrageous." 

The witness didn't elaborate as to why he or she suspected the two people were smoking "drugs."

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Authorities responded quickly to the tweet, however, and the NYPD Transit Chief jumped in to ask where it was unfolding.

The police response played out live over Twitter, with @NYPDTransit assuring the rider that officers had located the train and were "investigating now."

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Two minutes later, @Indepublican replied to @NYPDTransit: "They just walked away with the police. Thank you officer!" 

A message left with the MTA regarding the incident was not immediately returned. 

Police on Saturday said they received a 911 call reporting a tent set up inside a subway car around 5:11 p.m. But when officers arrived at the Jackson Avenue subway station in the Bronx, they didn't find anything. 

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Photo Credit: @indepublican/Twitter
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<![CDATA[Amazing Video Shows Seal Slapping Kayaker With an Octopus]]> Thu, 27 Sep 2018 10:15:41 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/GoPro+Seal+Octopus.jpg

Talk about a slap in the face.

A kayaker in New Zealand testing out a newly launched camera captured amazing video of a seal whacking a fellow kayaker in the face with an octopus.

Taiyo Masuda told NBC News the group was on a GoPro-funded kayaking trip off the coast of Kaikoura on New Zealand’s South Island to test the company's new Hero 7 Black camera on Sept. 22.

Masuda said around lunch time, the seals began to swim around them looking for food.

"One seal swims right next to us, having an octopus in his mouth, pops right up off the surface next to us, then tries to chew up the leg but ended up slapping our face," Masuda told NBC.

Video shows the seal springing out of the water with the octopus clutched in its mouth, and then clobbering kayaker Kyle Mulinder in the face with its lunch.

"That was mental," Masuda can be heard saying in the video.

Masuda told NBC the raw moment brought the group a lot of laughter all day long and the day is one they'll never forget. 

"I’ve never had such an amazing kayak everrrrr!!" Masuda wrote in an Instagram post of the video.

Photo Credit: @taiyomasuda /@gopro]]>
<![CDATA[Mosquitoes in Field Forced Booze Bandit to Surrender: Police]]> Wed, 26 Sep 2018 21:58:19 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/johnmosquitoes.jpg

Mosquitos drove a man out of the Wisconsin cornfield he was hiding in after police say he swiped more than $500 in liquor from a Piggly Wiggly supermarket and led authorities on a three-mile car chase.

A Cambellsport police officer responded to grocery store about 6 p.m. last week on Sept. 18 where he said he saw a man running out of the store with the hot hooch, getting in a car and taking off. The officer pursued the suspect for about three miles, he said, but halfway through the chase the alleged booze bandit took off on foot.

Officers had a dog and a drone assisting them in their search for the man. Shortly after the search began, police received a call that man was attempting to hitchhike in the area.

When police approached the man he threw his hands up and admitted "I am the guy you’re looking for," according to a police report.

Police said the man quit running because he wasn’t familiar with the area and the mosquitoes were "really bad."

The man even asked an arresting officer to wipe 15-20 mosquitoes off of his forehead, police said.

John Wilson, 39, of Fond du Lac, Wisc., was charged with fleeing from an officer, retail theft, obstructing a retail officer, and operating after revocation of his license, police said.

Photo Credit: Cambellsport Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Injured Turtle Gets Lego Wheelchair at Maryland Zoo]]> Wed, 26 Sep 2018 11:46:21 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/DSC_9948-copy-2-copy.jpg

An injured turtle is riding in style thanks to zoo keepers at The Maryland Zoo. 

The wild eastern box turtle has been outfitted with a wheelchair made of Lego bricks. 

A zoo employee found the injured turtle in Druid Hill Park in Baltimore, Maryland, in July. 

"He had multiple fractures on his plastron, the bottom part of his shell," said Dr. Ellen Bronson, senior director of animal health, conservation, and research at the zoo.

The turtle underwent surgery to fix its fractured shell. The zoo's veterinary team used metal bone plates, sewing clasps and surgical wire to hold pieces of the turtle's fractured shell together. 

The shell had to stay off the ground in order to heal, posing a challenge to staffers who had a hard time helping the turtle get around in the meantime.

That's when someone came up with the idea of the Lego wheelchair. 

"They don’t make turtle-sized wheelchairs. So, we drew some sketches of a customized wheelchair and I sent them to a friend who is a Lego enthusiast," said Garrett Fraess, veterinary extern at the Zoo.

A few weeks later, the grapefruit-sized turtle received his own custom Lego wheelchair.  Zoo officials say the turtle took off as soon as he was outfitted with the miniature design.

"He never even hesitated," said Fraess. "He took off and has been doing great. Turtles are really good at healing as long as the shell remains stable."

Photo Credit: Maryland Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[Baby Found Crawling in Busy NJ Street, Startling Photo Shows]]> Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:54:25 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/baby+in+street+pics.png

A baby boy was found crawling across a busy New Jersey street over the weekend after an older brother or sibling possibly left a door open, authorities say. 

A passing driver, 41-year-old Cory Cannon of Eatontown, says he saw the 10-month-old boy on Joe Parker Road around 5 p.m. Saturday in Lakewood.

Cannon said he initially thought he was a toy. But when he saw the child moving, he got out of his car to stop traffic. 

"I was in complete shock when I saw it," Cannon said. The baby just sat in the middle of the street and looked at him, he added -- so he tried talking to him. 

At that same time, a neighbor got the baby and returned the child to his home. It wasn't clear how he ended up on the roadway, but police say the boy's family didn't even know he was gone until the neighbor returned him. 

"I don't look at myself as a hero," Cannon said. "I just look at myself as somebody who just did the right thing for a child." 

The investigation is ongoing. 

Photo Credit: Cory Cannon]]>
<![CDATA[Naked Marlton Resident Chases, Tackles Intruder]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 23:42:01 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Homeowner+Attacked+11+PKG+DREW+-+00002823_30556892.jpg

A cracked window left an opening for an intruder to break into a Marlton man's apartment. But when he heard the robber grabbing his belongings, the man gave chase despite not having any clothes on.

<![CDATA[Marooned Buoy Bringing Attention to Delaware Beach]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 23:47:07 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Buoy_Bringing_Attention_to_Delaware_Beach.jpg

A sleepy Delaware beach that doesn't often get attention is now seeing lots of publicity after something unexpected washed up. Now, a green buoy is the star of lots of selfies.

<![CDATA[Man Accused of Having Tot Steal From Inside Game Machine]]> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 07:37:23 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/bad+dad.PNG

A man who allegedly had his small child climb into a game machine and steal various items at a New Hampshire mall turned himself in to authorities Wednesday.

Salem police identified the man as 34-year-old Anthony Helinski of Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Helinski is a teacher at Doherty Middle School in Andover. Parents there can't believe he was the man seen in a video prompting a toddler to steal prizes from a KeyMaster game inside the Mall at Rockingham Park around 7 p.m. Friday.

Police had received several tips after releasing the video of the incident last week. An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday, and Helinkski immediately turned himself in with his attorney, police said.

In the video, the toddler is completely inside the machine. You can see her hand out the prizes. Another child, between the ages of 5 and 7, is seen standing nearby and can be heard saying "yes" when the prizes are passed out from the small hole.

"She could have gotten stuck up there," said one Andover parent after seeing the video. "Also, not a great lesson to teach your kid."

With some help from Helinski telling her how to maneuver, the little girl eventually comes out of the machine.

Helinski was processed on three counts of theft by unauthorized taking, two counts of criminal trespass and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

While he is out on bail Wednesday, Helinski did not come to his door when NBC10 Boston attempted to speak with him.

He is due to be arraigned on Oct. 29 in the 10th Circuit Court District Division - Salem.

According to a statement from Andover Public Schools, Helinski has been placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

"One of our teachers at the Doherty Middle School was involved in an incident in Salem, NH last week. Andover Public Schools is fully cooperating with authorities. The teacher has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation," said a spokesperson for the district.

Photo Credit: Salem Police Department]]>
<![CDATA[Dog Camera Catches Burglar]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 22:19:01 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Dog_Camera_Catches_Burglar.jpg

Interactive pet cameras are helpful for watching your pet or even giving them treats while you're not home, but one family found theirs useful for something else: catching a burglar. NBC10's Cydney Long has the story from South Jersey.

<![CDATA[Cop Takes Selfie With Raccoon Busted in Woman's Bathroom]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:55:08 -0400 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/raccoon+on+thing.jpg

A raccoon busted pawing through a woman's bathroom cabinet was subjected not to a mugshot, but to a selfie.

The rogue raccoon was looking somewhat guilty when it was caught with its arm in the bathroom cabinet of a home in Pinellas County, Florida, this week.

"A masked bandit!" Pinellas County Sheriff's Office captioned a photo of the perp on Facebook." The raccoon is shown perched atop the bathroom cabinet with its tail hanging down, one paw in the cabinet, the other gripping the mirror for stability. 

The woman "was quite surprised to find this furry intruder in her home when she woke up!" police said.

The officers said they were able to catch and release the vain intruder safely, but not before taking a quick selfie.

Photo Credit: Pinellas Country Sherrif's Office]]>