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    A small plane crashed in New Jersey with the pilot entrapped in the aircraft, officials from the Office of Emergency Management in Bayonne said.

    The plane crashed on Avenue E between 41st and 42nd Streets around 10:18 a.m., Bayonne's OEM tweeted from their account. Officials said multiple wires were down, and the aircraft's pilot was trapped in the cockpit.

    Firefighters were at the scene sorting through parts of the plane, which were scattered on Avenue E near 42nd Street.

    The aircraft's wheel compartment was split into two as the pieces lay within 30 feet of each other. A white sedan parked near the accident had its hood partially mangled by the impact of the crash.

    OEM officials have advised commuters to avoid the area until further notice.

    Z100 radio DJ Mo' Bounce, who lives blocks from where the plane crashed, said he saw the aircraft descending over his house.

    "OMG! A small plane just crashed a few blocks from me in #Bayonne!," he tweeted. "Saw it coming down over out house! Hope everyone is ok!"

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    A college football quarterback and brother of Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has been arrested on rape charges.

    Kevin Olsen, 22, of Wayne, New Jersey, was taken into custody Sunday and charged with three counts of second-degree forcible rape, cyberstalking, second-degree force sex offense and assault.

    Olsen is a quarterback for the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

    “The allegations in this incident, which took place off campus, appear to involve sexual assault within an existing relationship,” a UNCC spokesperson wrote. “This incident occurred a week after a separate, unrelated case of alleged on-campus sexual assault involving acquaintances.”

    Olsen was suspended from the team and the university is reviewing the case while remaining in communication with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, according to the spokesperson.

    Olsen was a top-ranked high school quarterback at Wayne Hills High School in Wayne, New Jersey. He joined the University of Miami but left the school after “an accumulation of reported legal entanglements,” according to NBC Charlotte. NBC Charlotte also reports Olsen transferred to Towson University but left less than a year later after breaking team rules. He joined UNCC in December, 2015.  

    Photo Credit: NBC Charlotte

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    A man spent the weekend bloody and bound in his Philadelphia home.

    The victim’s brother said he discovered the 50-year-old man inside his home on Neilson Street near E Bristol Street in Juniata Park around 4 p.m. Sunday.

    The attack began two days earlier, when two masked men – one armed with some sort of gun – entered the man’s open garage as he did some work on some small engines, Philadelphia Police said.

    "They grabbed the resident... they bound him with electrical tape and they put a rag in his mouth and they took him to the second-floor rear bedroom," police Capt. Drew Techner said. "They bludgeoned him, pistol-whipping him."

    The entire home invasion and attack took only about 15 minutes but the damage was done, as they left the bloodied man for days until the brother came to the home Sunday afternoon, Techner said.

    "(The victim’s) brother – thinking that something was wrong, having not heard from his brother – came to the house… and found his brother in the back bedroom and untied him."

    The brother rushed the victim to the hospital where he was treated for injuries to his face, arms and legs, police said. Doctors listed the man in stable condition.

    "If his brother did not come and rescue him, who knows, this could have been a homicide," Techner said.

    Investigators didn’t immediately know if anything was taken.

    "We don’t know exactly why this incident occurred," Techner said.

    Surveillance cameras captured much of the incident and investigators recovered the air gun with some blood on it in the bedroom, police said.

    Despite not knowing the motive, police said the attack appeared to be planned. [[238427591, C]]

    Photo Credit: NBC10

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    A dossier profiling the mind of President Donald Trump is being prepared for Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former senior Kremlin adviser tells NBC News.

    Among the report's preliminary conclusions is that Trump takes risks but can be naive, the adviser said.

    "Very serious preparatory work is going on in the Kremlin, including a paper — seven pages — describing a psychological portrait of Trump, especially based on this last two to three months, and the last weeks," said former Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Fedorov, who says he has known Trump since 2000.

    It's part of Putin's planning for his first meeting with Trump, the date for which has yet to be decided.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images, File

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    Frank Tanzy said he paid a bill from a hospital trip but he later learned he never owed the money. He turned to NBc10 Responds and Harry Hairston to help.

    Photo Credit: NBC10

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    Surveillance video captured a man torching an iconic Philadelphia eatery and police hope the public can help them find the arsonist.

    The man – wearing a winter cap, black leather coat, red shirt and gray pants with a logo on the back left leg – can be seen walking along the 700 block of S 4th Street around 4:25 a.m. on Feb. 12, trying the doors of several vehicles and peering at some properties on the Queen Village block near the Famous 4th Street Delicatessen, Philadelphia Police said Monday.

    The man is then seen running down the block. About 10 minutes later, a fire begins outside Famous 4th, police said.

    Philadelphia Firefighters responded and quickly extinguished the fire at 4th and Bainbridge streets, which caused cosmetic damage to the deli’s brick exterior while melting phone lines, police said.

    Famous 4th Street has been a favorite stop for Philadelphia political leaders, residents and visitors since it opened in 1923. The deli continues to be known for its Jewish delicatessen fare.

    Investigators asked anyone with information to contact Philadelphia Police Arson Task Force Det. Ken Golczewski at 215-446-7875.

    Photo Credit: Surveillance image released by Philadelphia Police

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    As her loved ones mourn their loss, one Ohio woman found a source of comfort in her own passing – by taking a shot at President Donald Trump in her obituary.

    Elizabeth "Liz" Smith died Monday at the age of 87, surrounded by her family, who then made her political views well known.

    "Liz is smiling now, not to be living during the Trump presidency," her obituary reads.

    A member of Huron County Democratic Party and a poll worker, Smith’s daughter told the Sandusky Register that her mother "doesn’t like the man, she never has."

    "She had seen that in somebody else’s obituary and kind of made a note of that," said Deborah Lucal.

    Smith was a lifetime member of Girl Scouts USA and an avid volunteer, as well as an active member of her church and a travel enthusiast.

    Despite Smith’s preference for blue when it came to her politics, Lucal told the Register that her mother requested everyone wear red to her funeral, in celebration of her life.

    Smith was hardly the first to make a political statement in her departure.

    A Pennsylvania chiropractor who passed away in Jan. 2016 at the age of 70 had just one request for his mourners: "In lieu of flowers, please don't vote for Donald Trump."

    His son told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he and his brother decided to include the line after seeing a New Jersey woman’s obituary the previous August, asking loved ones not to vote for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

    Though commentary came from both sides of the afterlife aisle, one Virginia woman’s obituary broke with the partisan trend in her post-mortem political plea.

    "Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, Mary Anne Noland of Richmond chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of God," her May 2016 obituary said.

    Photo Credit: Rogelio V. Solis, AP (File)

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    Twelve years after a couple disappeared after leaving a South Street bar, the search continues.

    Danielle Imbo and Richard Petrone, Jr. were last seen enjoying a night out on Philadelphia's South Street on Feb. 19, 2005.

    The investigation that followed involved officials from two states and the FBI, but after more than a decade no one has been able to answer the question of what happened to the New Jersey couple.

    Sunday marked the somber anniversary of the cold case missing persons case.

    Imbo, 34, and Petrone, 35, were old friends who once dated who went to Abilene's -- a now defunct bar and restaurant along South Street -- on that February evening. It would be the last time anyone saw them.

    Their cellphones and credit cards weren't used after the disappearance, said investigators.

    Family and investigators describe the couple as stable. Both have children from previous relationships and held good jobs.

    Family members believe the duo were killed. Officials have said the two may have been the victims of a murder-for-hire plot, but will not say why. The couple has been pronounced dead but it's not clear how they died.

    Authorities have pursued hundreds of leads and listened to thousands of tip calls. Searches were conducted on the ground and by air, and waterways were combed. The nature of the crime has led investigators to conclude it was a planned attack acted out by more than one person.

    Petrone’s black 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup truck was also never found.

    The FBI offered a $50,000 reward for information. Anyone with information is asked to call the Citizens Crime Commission tipline at 215-546-TIPS (8477). Tipsters can remain anonymous. [[238427591, C]]

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    Attorney Tariq El-Shabazz is hoping to transition from a role in the district attorney's office into being DA.

    The longtime Philadelphia attorney announced Monday at a Chestnut Hill restaurant that he is running to replace his former boss, embattled District Attorney Seth Williams.

    El-Shabazz served as an assistant district attorney from 1988 to 1993 before transitioning into a defense attorney for some high-profile cases. He most recently served about a year at first assistant district attorney and deputy for investigations int he DA's office. He resigned from the DA's office last week.

    "In almost 30 years of practice, I've tried cases in both Federal and State court -- from Virginia to Massachusetts, I have worked as an assistant district attorney, I was deputy of investigations, first assistant district attorney and I am a veteran defense attorney," El-Shabazz said. "I have put policies and protocol in place and currently have as many as seven programs that will aid in the ending of mass incarceration, while  increasing transparency, fairness, and public trust."

    Shabazz's voice rose as he answered a question about having tax debt. Shabazz admitted he is dealing with tax problems for a second time but that since tax debt is a civil matter it doesn't impact his ability to criminally prosecute and doesn't impact his qualifications to be district attorney.

    "The voters deserve to know I have debt... I'm not running from it," he said.

    He joins a crowded field of Democrats in May's primary, joining Judge Teresa Carr Deni, Joe Khan, Lawrence Krasner, Rich Negrin and Michael Untermeyer. Republican Beth Grossman also has announced her candidacy.

    The candidates hope to replace Williams, who announced earlier this month that he would not seek a third term amid a federal ethics violation probe. [[238427591, C]]

    Photo Credit: NBC10

    Tariq El Shabazz hopes to replace his former boss Seth Williams as Philadelphia district attorney.Tariq El Shabazz hopes to replace his former boss Seth Williams as Philadelphia district attorney.

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    The green rush has officially started in Pennsylvania after applications opened Monday morning for medical marijuana operations in the Keystone State.

    People interested in becoming growers, processors or dispensary owners can submit applications through the Pennsylvania Department of Health Medical Marijuana Program website now through March 20.

    Cultivator and processing applicants are required to pay a nonrefundable $10,000 fee and a refundable $200,000 permit fee. People interested in opening a licensed dispensary should be prepared to pay a $5,000 nonrefundable fee and a $30,000 refundable permit fee.

    The department of health will issue no more than 25 growing/processing permits and no more than 50 dispensary permits. The dispensaries and cultivation sites will be spread throughout the state according to zones.

    Full implementation of Pennsylvania’s medical pot program is expected to take between 18 and 24 months, the health department said. It will be available for patients with one of 17 serious medical conditions, including autism, cancer, Crohn’s Disease, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS and multiple sclerosis. See the full list here.

    Both medical and recreational cannabis remains illegal at the federal level. Medical patients are advised not to cross state borders with their prescriptions and not to provide cannabis to non-patients. [[238427591, C]]

    Photo Credit: NBC 7

    The department of health will issue no more than 25 growing/processing permits and no more than 50 dispensary permits.The department of health will issue no more than 25 growing/processing permits and no more than 50 dispensary permits.

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    “Happy” singer and mega producer Pharrell Williams headlines this summer’s Roots picnic on Penns Landing.

    The 10th edition of the festival hosted by Philadelphia’s own The Roots will also feature Lil Wayne, Solange, 21 Savage, Kimbra, Michael Kiwanuka, Fat Joe, Mobb Deep, Scott Storch and others across three stages.

    The festival, where artists often join the Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon's house band, returns to Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing on Saturday, June 3.

    “Ten years ago this started as a concept, an idea, a conversation between me, Tarik (Black Thought), Ahmir (Questlove) and Rich (Nichols),” Shawn Gee, Roots longtime manager and partner in Maverick Management, said. “It’s amazing that it has grown into such a valued piece of the cultural landscape of our hometown of Philadelphia.”

    Tickets to the Philly show went on sale Monday for $75.

    For the second-straight year, The Roots plan on holding a second festival in New York – a two-day festival in October in Bryant Park that features John Mayer, D’Angelo, Wu-Tang Clan, David Byrne and others.

    “We were blessed to expand the Picnic to NYC last year, and the brand will continue to grow and evolve, but Philly will ALWAYS be the home, the birthplace of the Roots Picnic,” Gee said. “We are super excited to bring a packed lineup to celebrate our 10th anniversary, and as always there will be plenty of surprises and special guests.”

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

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  • 02/20/17--09:28: Policing the Schools

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    It might not seem like it to regular drivers of the Schuylkill Expressway but Philadelphia is nowhere near the worst city when it comes to time wasted sitting in traffic even if the Schuylkill is one of the worst roads, a new traffic study found.

    Philadelphia ranked 51st out of 1,064 cities examined in transportation analytics firm Inrix’s 2016 Global Traffic Scorecard's most congested cities. Philadelphia placed 51st on the Traffic Scorecard -- up from 71st last year) and 93rd on Inrix’s list of city congestion – up from 145th last year – as drivers spent almost 38 hours in rush hour congestion last year.

    Los Angles, California, where drivers spent 104 hours stuck in rush hour traffic, topped the list with Moscow, Russia and New York, New York rounding out the list.

    Philly might not make the top of the congestion list but the Schuylkill Expressway (Interstate 76) from Exit 332 (West Conshohocken) to Exit 343 (Spring Garden Street) is the ninth worst stretch of highway in America, featuring 58 total hours of delays for drivers during the evening rush.

    Feel free to complain about your least favorite area roadway in the comments section below.

    Photo Credit: NBC10

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    The St. Mary Polish American Society is trying to save its church with the Osttaki Mardi Gras celebration, David Swedkowski said.

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    A New Jersey seventh grader made a triumphant return to the hardwood with her school's boys basketball team Sunday after her parents won a court case against the 12-year-old's school on her right to play.

    Sydney Phillips was told by St. Theresa's School in Kenilworth, New Jersey, that she could not play on the boys basketball team even though the girls team had been dropped for the season.

    After her parents sued the school over the decision, Sydney and her younger sister arrived at school in early February to find they had been expelled.

    A judge ruled that the girls should not be prevented from going to school, and then Sydney also won the right to play ball with the boys.

    St. Theresa's played St. Genevieve Sunday and made two baskets, to rapturous applause from the watching crowds.

    Despite her hard work on the court, St Theresa's lost the game.

    Photo Credit: NBC 4 NY

    Sydney Phillips at St. Theresa's School in Kenilworth, New Jersey.Sydney Phillips at St. Theresa's School in Kenilworth, New Jersey.

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    Westminster College student Conner Cox learned a tough lesson when his mother mailed him a box full of garbage that he forgot to take out during a visit home.

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  • 02/20/17--12:12: JFK Airport Security Breach

  • The Transportation Security Administration says it is reviewing reports of a security breach at JFK airport this morning that resulted in 11 people getting through security without being checked. Three of the 11 set off metal detectors, officials told NBC News.

    An airport official and a senior law enforcement official said at 6.05 a.m. Monday at Terminal 5 the TSA left a security lane open but unattended by screeners.

    One senior law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the incident said 11 people went through the lane unscreened, and a review of the surveillance video shows that three people set off metal detectors.

    In a statement, the TSA confirmed that "early reports indicate 3 passengers did not receive required secondary screening after alarming the walk through metal detector." The agency said that all the travelers' carry-on bags received the required screening.

    The TSA's statement said they are "confident" that the reported breach does not threaten the security of the screening system.

    "TSA works with a network of security layers both seen and unseen," the agency said. "We are confident this incident presents no threat to the aviation transportation system. Once our review is complete, TSA will discipline and retrain employees as appropriate."

    The law enforcement sources told NBC News the TSA did not notify police of the possible breach for two hours, at 8:05 a.m.

    The sources said that the TSA and the Port Authority Police Department then canvassed the JetBlue terminal using photos and video screen grabs but could not locate any of the 11 passengers.

    An airport official said the security canvass was completed at 9:05 a.m. and both officials said the passengers are assumed to have boarded flights.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images (File)

    FILE - Travelers and airport employees walk through New York City's John F. Kennedy Airport in this file photo. A security breach at JFK on Feb. 20, 2017, resulted in 11 passengers getting through security without being screened, officials are reporting.FILE - Travelers and airport employees walk through New York City's John F. Kennedy Airport in this file photo. A security breach at JFK on Feb. 20, 2017, resulted in 11 passengers getting through security without being screened, officials are reporting.

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    President Donald Trump announces Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his pick for national security adviser at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., Feb. 20, 2017.

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    After winning an Emmy and an Edward R. Murrow award, NBC10’s Keith Jones can now add another accolade to his journalism career: one of the hottest news anchors in the world.

    Keith landed at number 42 on Buzzfeed’s list of the “50 hottest local news anchors in the world.” Members of the BuzzFeed community submitted the names while staff members for the website ranked them in a list with a not very safe for work headline. Keith, who was one of five Philadelphia-area anchors selected for the list, was chosen in part because he “plays the guitar,” according to Buzzfeed.

    “A big THANK YOU to those who nominated me for this BuzzFeed list of the "50 Hottest in the WORLD," which sounds ridiculous (because it is),” Keith wrote on his Facebook page. “I’m a bit embarrassed, but it’s very flattering.”

    Photo Credit: NBC10

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    A group of college roommates used a barricade and brooms to force a rat out of their home in a video that has now gone viral.

    Jody Mackin, a senior at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, said she and her three roommates Logan, Briana and Meg, found a rat upstairs in their home. After failing to catch the rat in a trap, the students decided to force the rodent out. They used a mop, a bucket, garbage can and Swiffer to create a barricade in the bathroom.

    “We had to act fast,” Mackin said. “We barricaded it so it couldn’t stay upstairs.”

    With help from Logan’s boyfriend, the girls put the plan into action. After they used the barricade to force it out of their bathroom, the rodent tumbled downstairs. Logan’s boyfriend then used a broom to slap it out of the house. Video of the roommates forcing out their unwanted guest quickly went viral and has been retweeted over 122,000 times since it was first posted on twitter on Friday.

    “Being known as the rat girls isn’t something we’re too happy about,” Mackin said while laughing. “But it’s definitely pretty cool.”

    It turns out however, the girls’ rat problems didn’t end with the dramatic slap shot.  The next day they found what they believed to be the same rat dead inside a trap they had forgotten to throw away.

    “It was the next morning and it was downstairs in the kitchen,” Mackin said. “Either it was the same rat or it was a different one. We’re just going to go ahead and say it was the same rat.”

    Take a look at the rat eviction video below:

    Photo Credit: Jody Mackin
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    Students at a Bucks County high school held a rally after a Ku Klux Klan flier was found in front of a home.

    Police say the flier was found in front of a house on Court Street in Doylestown Friday. They are currently investigating. In response to the flier, students at CB West High School along with the group "Showing Up for Racial Justice" held a demonstration Monday.

    "We invite all youth to show that the next generation will not tolerate the hate that has increased recently, but will only combat it with love, peace and kindness," said Courtney Carr, a senior at CB West and one of the event organizers.

    The event took place from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Zen Den on 20 Donaldson Street Monday. The demonstrators walked through Doylestown while holding signs with messages promoting love, peace and racial justice. Organizers also invited local businesses and residents in the area to take part in the event by placing,  “Love Not Hate Makes Doylestown Great” signs on their windows.

    Photo Credit: NBC10

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    Mild temperatures and dry forests are sparking concerns about a busy wildfire season in New Jersey. NBC10 Jersey Shore Bureau Reporter Ted Greenberg shows us how firefighters are working to make conditions safer.

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    The NBC10 Investigators found Philadelphia’s hit-and-run problem is as lethal as ever. NBC10 Investigative Reporter Mitch Blacher shows us intersections that have been deadly over and over again.

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  • 02/20/17--16:53: Cooper River Park Makeover

  • Cooper River Park is undergoing a 12 million dollar makeover. NBC10 South Jersey Bureau Reporter Cydney Long has the details.

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    Demonstrators participated in a ‘Not My President’s Day Rally’ in Center City on Monday. NBC10’s Lauren Mayk spoke to participants about the purpose of the rally.

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    Val DiGiorgio is the newly elected chair of the Pennsylvania Republican Party. NBC10’s Lauren Mayk sat down with him and found out how the GOP will vie for your vote.