Father and son hospitalized as police search for burglars who shot them

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A father and son are recovering from gunshot wounds, and police are trying to find the burglars who shot them.

A family of four came home around 9:45 Monday night on Marlowe Street, between Bridge and Pratt Streets in Frankford, in Frankford. 

Investigators say they encountered two people who had broken in while they were out at Home Depot. 

“Males inside the house fired at least 10 times, striking the father — both arms and his torso,” Captain John Walker said. “They also hit the 12-year-old-son in the chest. He was grazed.”

Police took both to the hospital. The father is in critical condition but is expected to survive. The boy is stable.

The burglars got away off in a gold-colored minivan.

Police took the victims to the hospital. Both father and son are expected to recover. 

“It kinda just shows, these guns on the street and how they become problematic,” Walker said. “Especially here in a burglary case. Usually burglars don’t carry guns but in this situation they did.”

Walker says there have been a few other burglaries in the area in recent weeks, and police are trying to figure out if there is a connection.

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Pedestrian Struck By Vehicle Near SEPTA’s 56th Street Station

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A man is recovering after he was struck beneath the “El” at 56th and Market Streets. It happened just before midnight on Monday.

The victim is in critical but stable condition.

The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene.

Overnight Fire Damages Church In Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (CBS) – Authorities are investigating after flames broke out overnight at a church in Bethlehem. The fire started around 12:15 a.m. Tuesday at Iglesia Pentecostal of Bethlehem.

Black smoke could be seen coming from the building on the 1000 block of Pembroke Road.

The fire grew to two alarms, before firefighters could get it under control.

ATF investigators brought an arson dog to the scene to investigate.

No one was hurt, but several rooms sustained heavy smoke damage.

There might be ways to make CPAP more comfortable for you

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Millions of people have obstructive sleep apnea and are told to wear a nighttime device to keep them breathing. However, the CPAP is not always a pleasant fix.

Only about half of the people who need a CPAP are successful wearing the device, says Dr. Maria Vega, a sleep physician at Temple University Hospital. She says a lot of people find wearing the mask just too uncomfortable. But she says there are several styles, so if one doesn’t work try a different kind. 

Others complain of feeling closed in.

“I usually tell my patients to try to use the CPAP or the mask during the day and not that they need it because they don’t have pauses when they’re awake. But it helps them get used the mask, so when the night comes, they’re more used to the CPAP and the mask and they can feel less claustrophobic,” Vega said. 

It can cause a dry or stuffy nose, which can be relieved by using nasal saline spray at bedtime or turning on the machine’s humidifier. Skin irritation can be helped by lotion, a mask liner or loosening the straps so it’s not so tight. 

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Villanova University students focus cameras on changing healthcare for women in Ethiopia

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week brings the premiere of a short film Villanova University students have been working on since September. It took them to the Horn of Africa, where they found desperate conditions for expectant moms in need of health care.

“They only have one operating room, one overhead light for the table, one ambulance that’s supposed to cover 100,000 people,” said senior Sarah Davis, who spent two weeks in Ethiopia with her crew as part of a social justice documentary class. 

“We’re looking at the obstacles to safe surgery and the access that’s lacking, especially for women in rural Ethiopia,” she said.

Distance to care can be an obstacle. But so can cost and the culture. 

“The man makes most of the decisions in the house. If he doesn’t want the woman to go to a hospital, then she’s not allowed to go. Because traditionally, it’s been seen as the place where one goes to die,” Davis explained. 

Their 20-minute film is called “Carrying Tomorrow.” Its tag line: where a woman lives should not determine if she lives.

“They just wanted to share their story. They wanted to let more women know about the hospitals, and the hope that more people can see this,” Davis added. 

It premieres Friday at 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. Tickets are available here. 

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Father, 12-Year-Old Son Shot By Burglars Inside Frankford Home, Police Say

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A father and his 12-year-old son were shot Monday night when they returned home to find a burglary in progress, police say. Police say the father and son were out with the rest of their family at Home Depot and arrived home to at least two intruders in their house.

Police say the father is in critical condition after he was shot in the arm and the boy is in stable condition after suffering a graze wound to the chest.

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Police say at least 10 shots were fired inside the house.

It happened at a home on the 5200 block of Marlowe Street in the city’s Frankford section. Police are searching for the suspects, who they say left the scene in a gold minivan.

Controversial Pipeline In Chester County Resumes Operation After 3-Month Shutdown

WEST WHITELAND, Pa. (CBS) — After a three-month shutdown, Sunoco has restarted the Mariner East One Pipeline. Natural gas liquids are now flowing in the pipeline.

The pipeline has been out of service since January, when a sinkhole opened up along Lisa Drive in West Whiteland.

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Sunoco has agreed to take a series of additional safety steps at the site in West Whiteland.

18-Year-Old Man Arrested In Connection To Washington Township Graffiti Spree

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — Police have arrested a man in connection to a rash of graffiti in Washington Township. Residents woke up last Monday morning to find graffiti on vehicles, street signs, fences, mailboxes and private property throughout the Bells Lake development.

Police announced the arrest of 18-year-old Anthony Cram Monday. Cram has been charged with numerous counts of criminal mischief, while additional charges are pending.

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Cram was processed and released. Cram allegedly spray painted profane language on private property at twelve homes, a bridge and even a police cruiser.

Police Need Public’s Help Locating Major Bradley, Missing 69-Year-Old Man With Dementia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Police are asking for the public’s help locating a missing 69-year-old man with dementia. Major Bradley was last seen at 3:19 p.m. on Sunday on the 4400 block of North 9th Street in the city’s Hunting Park section.

Bradley is 5-foot-8 and 188 pounds with a light complexion and a thin build. He has black eyes, is bald and has skin discoloration on his arms and head.

Bradley was last seen wearing a black velour shirt with red and blue stripes, blue jeans and black boots.

Police say Bradley suffers from dementia.

If you have any information on his location, call East Detective Division at 2150686-3243.

Police Searching For 2 Suspects Who Allegedly Hit Victim In Face With Glass Bottle Along JFK Boulevard

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police are looking for two suspects wanted for an assault in Center City. The incident happened in February along the JFK Boulevard, but they just released the video Monday afternoon.

Police say a 23-year-old man, walking on the boulevard, got into an argument with a driver. The driver pulled over and his passenger got out and then allegedly hit the victim in the face with a glass bottle.

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The victim was taken to the hospital with a severe cut to his left eye.

Philadelphia Can Exclude Catholic Foster Care Agency That Won’t Allow Same-Sex Couples To Foster Children, Court Rules

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia city government can require that contractor Catholic Social Services does not discriminate against same-sex couples in its foster care program, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the city after it stopped placing children with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s agency because it would not permit same-sex couples to serve as foster parents.

The court ruled the city did not target the agency because of its religious beliefs but acted only to enforce its own nondiscrimination policy in the face of what seemed to be a clear violation.

“The city stands on firm ground in requiring its contractors to abide by its non-discrimination policies when administering public services,” wrote Circuit Court Judge Thomas Ambro for the three-judge panel.

Catholic Social Services sought an order requiring Philadelphia to renew its contract as a foster care agency and had argued the city’s actions violated the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of the right to freely practice one’s religion.

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The Washington, D.C.-based law firm that represents Catholic Social Services in the matter said the city’s policy has prevented dozens of families who want to take in children from doing so for nearly a year. Asked about a possible appeal, a spokesman said legal options were being reviewed.

“We’re disappointed that the court decided to let the city place politics above the needs of kids and the rights of parents, but we will continue this fight,” said Lori Windham, a lawyer for Catholic Social Services.

Philadelphia Human Services commissioner Cynthia Figeroa said the decision will help the city best serve children under its care.

“We want all individuals who are able to provide safe, loving and welcoming homes to consider fostering,” Figeroa said.

Judge Ambro said Catholic Social Services won’t certify same-sex married couples because of religious principles, nor will it allow unmarried cohabitating couples to foster children under its program.

It only allows married or single people in the program, and considers same-sex couples to be unmarried.

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The agency disclosed at a hearing in the case that it also required prospective foster parents to obtain a “pastoral letter” from a religious figure of any faith or denomination that said the parents were actively religious, attending services and the like.

After the city objected, arguing that it violated their contract and the U.S. Constitution’s provision against establishment of religion, the agency said it would no longer require the pastoral letter.

Philadelphia instituted a “placement hold” that has kept Catholic Social Services from placing additional children with foster parents.

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‘These Are Resilient People’: Shock Of Sri Lanka Terrorist Attack Felt In Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — More than 290 people were killed in a series of bombings in Sri Lanka Sunday. Among those killed were at least four Americans.

The shock waves of the terrorist attack are traveling to our area, and Philadelphia has unique diplomatic ties to Sri Lanka.

In an office 22 stories above Center City, David Sherman will just have to wait on word from personal and professional connections in Sri Lanka.

“I have yet to hear whether anybody’s been directly affected, but it’s a small country, a county of 22 million people and it’s a very insular country, a country where people know each other,” David Sherman said.

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Sherman, an attorney, is Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka. It’s a position that works to increase diplomatic and economic visibility between the island nation and the U.S.

The coordinated bombings and blasts at hotels and churches on Easter Sunday have left feelings of despair, frustration and anger.

“These are resilient people, these are people that have come a long way economically since peace and stability,” Sherman said.

Meanwhile, the FBI has joined the investigation — a routine move, experts like retired special agent J.J. Klaver say comes when Americans are hurt or killed in such an attack.

“Obviously, the FBI does not have a law enforcement authority outside borders, but they can provide technical assistance,” Klaver said. “Just as importantly, they can collect intelligence about things going on in the U.S.

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The long game of the investigation now begins to take shape as agents work to identify key signatures of materials and sources to construct the weapons used.

“Obviously, the explosive devices were destroyed in the explosion, but there are components and chemical traces that can leave very important clues to who made this,” Klaver said.

Any type of identification and analysis could take months, if not years, officials say.

Delaware Authorities Searching For Inmate Who Escaped From Corrections Center

WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) — A man is wanted for escaping from a corrections center in Wilmington. Officials say Ruben Bautista walked out of the entrance gate at the Plummer Community Corrections Center on Friday and never came back.

The facility handles inmates who are on work release or getting treatment for substance abuse.

Bautista was being held for a burglary.

Anyone with information about Bautista is asked to call 1-800-542-9524.

Search Continues For Driver Who Killed 2, Injured 5 Others In Bustleton Chain-Reaction Hit-And-Run

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The search is on for a driver in a deadly hit-and-run that killed two people and left five others injured in Northeast Philadelphia on Saturday night. Police are also searching for a person who they say helped that driver flee the scene.

The hunt is on for the man who plowed a Chevrolet Camaro into two vehicles, starting a chain-reaction crash. It happened on Bustleton Avenue, near Red Lion Road, just before midnight.

Police say a man and a woman inside a flipped car died at the scene. The victims have been identified as 48-year-old Carmen Montalvo Ruiz and 50-year-old Juan Lopez Rivera.

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Paramedics rushed five others to a local hospital for treatment. One man Eyewitness News spoke to witnessed the carnage as he returned home Saturday night.

Authorities say the driver of the Camaro was headed south on Bustleton Avenue when he struck a car stopped at the light. He then drove into the intersection, hitting another vehicle. Police say in all, about six cars slammed into one another.

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“Leaving the scene isn’t something we want anyone to do, especially if it involves injuries,” Philadelphia Police Capt. Sekou Kinebrew said.

Investigators say someone driving a white Lexus scooped him up and drove off.

“Trying to track the movements of the person in the vehicle and who they left with, that’s one of the challenges they are dealing with,” Kinebrew said.

The driver of the Camaro is described as a man in his early 20s. He was wearing a suit.

The five others injured sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Two peopled killed in chain reaction crash identified

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The two people killed in a chain reaction crash Saturday night in the Northeast section of the city have been identified and police are still looking for the driver who caused the crash.

The crash happened Saturday night on Bustleton Avenue near Red Lion Road. Police say the driver of a Chevy Camaro hit two vehicles that triggered a chain reaction. 

A man and woman inside a flipped car died at the scene. 

They have been identified as 48-year-old Carmen Montalvo Ruiz and 50-year-old Juan Lopez Rivera. 

Five other people were rushed to the hospital. 

Police are also searching for a person driving a white Lexus, who they say helped the driver leave the scene. 

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‘She Was A Wonderful Patriot’: Former Flyers Executive Says Kate Smith Statue Should Not Have Been Removed Amid Racism Allegations

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The backlash came swiftly after the Philadelphia Flyers announced they would stop playing Kate Smith’s version of “God Bless America” and removed her statue outside the Wells Fargo Center after her history of racist songs were revealed. A former Flyers executive had sharp words for the team today and other communities are vowing to remember her.

“I just think it’s a shame,” said Lou Scheinfeld, the former vice president of the Flyers.

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Smith’s career is most recognized for her signing of “God Bless America,” but more than 30 years since she died, her legacy has become tarnished after racially-insensitive songs she sang early in her career recently surfaced. The statue of her outside the arena is now gone and her recording will no longer play during games.

“We cannot stand idle while material from another era gets in the way of who we are today,” the Flyers said in a statement.

One song Smith recorded was called “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” and it included the lyrics, “someone had to pick cotton.”

“Pretty bad, pretty bad, but that was then,” said Scheinfeld.

Scheinfeld, who was the first to play Smith’s version of “God Bless America” at a Flyers game, admitted the lyrics sound bad, but said the statue should not have been removed because of some old songs.

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“It was considered satire, apparently,” said Scheinfeld.

However, Dr. Aaron Smith, an assistant professor of African-American studies at Temple University, says the songs are “not satire for us.”

“When you want to move forward, the best way to show you’re sincere is to change your behavior,” said Smith.

Still, Scheinfeld plans to remember Smith. He keeps an enlarged stamp of her in his home office and he wants to put a copy in a sports museum he hopes to open in South Philadelphia. He will include her legacy and the current controversy.

“I don’t know in all my years associated with the Flyers if there was any hint of racism or an issue with Kate Smith. She was a wonderful patriot and American,” said Scheinfeld.

There is no word on when that museum will open.

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Also on Monday, Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano said he will continue playing Smith’s “God Bless America” every day on the boardwalk.

It’s not known if there is a plan to replace Smith’s statue.

Wildwood mayor: Kate Smith’s ‘God Bless America’ will continue to play on boardwalk

WILDWOOD, NJ (KYW Newsradio) — Her statue was torn down at the sports complex. The Flyers won’t play her rendition of ‘God Bless America.’

However, there is one public place you’ll still be able to hear Kate Smith perform that song: on the boardwalk in Wildwood every morning.

Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. was on Dom Giordano’s show on our sister station Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.

“We understand history. But the world has gotten so politically correct, and so afraid that they’re going to offend somebody,” he said. “Well, you know what — the song is greater than anything, so it’ll continue to play in Wildwood.”

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The mayor says it’s a matter of learning from your mistakes and moving forward — a reference to the controversy over the racist lyrics used by the late singer in the 1930s.

The daily playing of Smith’s ‘God Bless America,’ along with the national anthem, has long been a summertime tradition in Wildwood.

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Employees from media company Entercom celebrate Earth Day by getting to work in Philadelphia parks

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The portion of Fairmount Park near Lemon Hill got a facelift Monday thanks to 150 Entercom employees who volunteered their afternoon in celebration of Earth Day.

Entercom is the radio company that owns KYW Newsradio and 234 other stations nationwide. 

Volunteers raked, bagged, mulched, planted, picked up trash, pulled up weeds and spruced up the space all around Lemon Hill.

To celebrate Earth Day, Jaimie Field, the company’s director of sustainability, says Entercom partnered with Fairmount Park Conservancy to help spruce up the Lemon Hill Project near boathouse row.

While the local park will feel the impact, the effort is much broader.

“In almost 50 markets across America, almost 3,000 people, they are all making a difference in their community,” said Jaimie, referring to Entercom locations nationwide.

“We’re just so thrilled to have them out because it takes a lot of man power,” said Meg Holsher, who works at the Fairmount Park Conservancy.  

She says the nonprofit provides the materials and training, and corporate partners like Entercom provide the workers. And the help is game-changing, week to week.

“This is an area heavily trafficked by families, so we like to keep it clean,” said Holsher, “we would love to have them here working every week!”

“We’re a company that has a deep sense of responsibility and we give back every year,” said David Field, CEO of Entercom. 

He spent the afternoon planting trees and says the clean up effort is part of Entercom’s 1 Thing sustainability initiative.

“It really is a part of our values as a company,” he said. “It’s an honor and privilege to be broadcasters, so we are out here in force trying to make Philadelphia an even greater place.”

As part of the company’s 1 Thing initiative, employees use less paper at the workplace, employ reusable water bottles and dishes and much more as part of Entercom’s pledge to act as an environmentally responsible corporate citizen. 

For more details on the 1 Thing initiative at Entercom, click here. 

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Employees from radio company Entercom celebrate Earth Day by getting to work in Philadelphia parks

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The portion of Fairmount Park near Lemon Hill got a facelift Monday thanks to 150 Entercom employees who volunteered their afternoon in celebration of Earth Day.

Entercom is the radio company that owns KYW Newsradio and 234 other stations nationwide. 

Volunteers raked, bagged, mulched, planted, picked up trash, pulled up weeds and spruced up the space all around Lemon Hill.

To celebrate Earth Day, Jaimie Field, the company’s director of sustainability, says Entercom partnered with Fairmount Park Conservancy to help spruce up the Lemon Hill Project near boathouse row.

While the local park will feel the impact, the effort is much broader.

“In almost 50 markets across America, almost 3,000 people, they are all making a difference in their community,” said Jaimie, referring to Entercom locations nationwide.

“We’re just so thrilled to have them out because it takes a lot of man power,” said Meg Holsher, who works at the Fairmount Park Conservancy.  

She says the nonprofit provides the materials and training, and corporate partners like Entercom provide the workers. And the help is game-changing, week to week.

“This is an area heavily trafficked by families, so we like to keep it clean,” said Holsher, “we would love to have them here working every week!”

“We’re a company that has a deep sense of responsibility and we give back every year,” said David Field, CEO of Entercom. 

He spent the afternoon planting trees and says the clean up effort is part of Entercom’s 1 Thing sustainability initiative.

“It really is a part of our values as a company,” he said. “It’s an honor and privilege to be broadcasters, so we are out here in force trying to make Philadelphia an even greater place.”

As part of the company’s 1 Thing initiative, employees use less paper at the workplace, employ reusable water bottles and dishes and much more as part of Entercom’s pledge to act as an environmentally responsible corporate citizen. 

For more details on the 1 Thing initiative at Entercom, click here. 

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Very High Pollen Levels Around Philadelphia Expected To Nag Allergy Sufferers Over Next Few Weeks

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It was a nice, spring day around the Philadelphia region, but for people with allergies, it was misery. Doctors say this is going to be a bad week for people with allergies.

About 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. The issue is mostly with being outside and exposed to fresh air.

The trick is to leave outdoor allergens outside.

With spring flowers budding and blooming, the breezy day had pollen flying all over the place on Kelly Drive. Oak tree pollen is very high right now in the Philadelphia region.

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Doctors say, regardless of the specifics, people with allergies are in for a tough couple of weeks. Keeping that pollen-filled air out of your home is a critical first step in controlling symptoms.

Allergens can travel on clothes and skin, too. So showering after being outside is a must. And if you have pets, doctors say pollen travels on them, too.

“They’re covered in the pollen, so once you bring them in and you’re hugging on them, you’re definitely going to have pollen indoors,” allergist Sandra Hong said. “And if they sleep with you, it’s like you’re bringing the tree into your home.”

If you’re allergic, it’s best to keep pets out of the bedroom and bathe them regularly. In addition to regular allergy medications or shots, doctors say saline spray can also be very helpful, especially when you come in from being outside.

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“It’s like giving your sinuses a bath,” Hong said. “If you actually rinse out the pollens once you’ve come into your home, they’re not going to sit in there all night long causing allergy symptoms.”

Allergies can also make your eyes very irritated. Wearing protective goggles or glasses while outdoors can help keep pollen out of the eyes.

Researchers say rising temperatures and higher concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are prolonging the pollen production seasons and increasing the amount of pollen that plants produce, which they say, will make this spring allergy season more intense and longer than usual.