Mayor Jim Kenney Defeats Democratic Challengers In Landslide Primary Election Win, AP Project

PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — Mayor Jim Kenney has won in a landslide, the Associated Press projects. The incumbent defeated Democratic challengers state Sen. Anthony Williams and former City Controller Alan Butkovitz in Tuesday’s Pennsylvania primary election.

Kenney will now face Republican Billy Ciancaglini in November’s general election in his bid to earn a second term.

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Butkovitz took aim at Kenney over Philadelphia’s rising homicide and crime rates, while Williams, who also lost to Kenney four years ago, attacked the mayor over the city’s infrastructure, dirty streets and unfilled potholes.

Kenney touted his record on expanding funding for pre-K education, via the implementation of the so-called soda tax.

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Many voters Eyewitness News spoke with outside of the polls said they voted for Kenney and like the job he’s done so far.

“I think he’s done a great job, he’s invested in our schools,” one voter said.

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“He helps all of us. He even comes out in the community,” another voter said of Kenney.

No incumbent mayor has lost an election in Philadelphia in at least 60 years.

CBS3 reporters Natasha Brown and Matt Petrillo contributed to this report.

LIVE RESULTS: 2019 Pennsylvania Primary Election

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After months of campaigning, polls are closed and results are beginning to pour in for the 2019 Pennsylvania primary election. Among the most hotly-contested races are the mayoral and sheriff races in Philadelphia.

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Can mayor Jim Kenney fend off two Democratic challengers in his bid for a second term? Will Philadelphia elect its first ever woman sheriff?

Stick with CBSPhilly.com for up-to-date live results from Tuesday’s election. This page will be updated regularly throughout the evening as races are called.

Mayor – Democratic (Citywide)

  • Jim Kenney [incumbent]
  • Alan Butkovitz
  • Anthony Hardy Williams

Mayor – Republican (Citywide)

  • Billy Ciancaglini

Sheriff – Democratic (Citywide)

  • Rochelle Bilal
  • Malika Rahman
  • Larry King Sr
  • Jewell Williams [incumbent]

Council at Large – Democratic (Citywide)

Vote for no more than 5:

  • Adrián Rivera-Reyes
  • Deja Lynn Alvarez
  • Helen Gym
  • Ogbonna Paul Hagins
  • Fernando Treviño
  • Eryn Santamoor
  • Joseph A Diorio
  • Hena Veit
  • Billy Thompson
  • Beth Finn
  • Latrice Y Bryant
  • Allan Domb
  • Katherine Gilmore Richardson
  • Erika Almirón
  • Bobbie Curry
  • Isaiah Thomas
  • Vinny Black
  • Wayne Edmund Dorsey
  • Edwin Santana
  • Mark Ross
  • Devon Cade
  • Sandra Dungee Glenn
  • Derek S Green
  • Wayne Allen
  • Justin DiBerardinis
  • Fareed Abdullah
  • Asa Khalif
  • Ethelind Baylor

Council at Large – Republican (Citywide)

Vote for not more than 5:

  • Al Taubenberger
  • Dan Tinney
  • Matt Wolfe
  • Bill Heeney
  • David Oh
  • Drew Murray
  • Irina M Goldstein

Video Shows Young Man Being Held Down, Repeatedly Punched By Police Officers In New Jersey

DOVER, N.J. (CBS) — Three Dover Police Officers are on leave after cellphone video shows a young man being repeatedly punched by officers. The incident happened this past weekend.

The video shows 19-year-old Morristown, N.J. native Cyprian Luke being held down and punched in the face multiple times before he was taken into custody.

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This all unfolded in front of the police station after Luke was confronted as he and his friend were on their way to get a tattoo.

Police say they had an arrest warrant for him on a domestic case.

“They didn’t tell him he had a warrant for his arrest, they just tackled him to the ground and pepper sprayed him, he wasn’t resisting at all he was trying to cover his face because they kept punching him,” said one witness said.

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“I urge everyone to show restraint until all the facts come out and an independent investigated is completed,” said Dover’s Mayor James Dodd.

A protest was held Sunday across the street from the police station where the incident took place.

‘Misappropriated The Ice Guy Outfit’: Rita’s Italian Ice Responds After Store Employee Wears Mascot Attire To Philadelphia Abortion Rights Protest

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Rita’s Italian Ice is responding to a photo going viral on social media showing a person in an Ice Guy mascot outfit at the abortion rights protest in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Protesters took to the streets in Philly and nationwide as part of the “Stop the Bans Day of Action.”

Rita’s said in a statement on Twitter that the person in the outfit was a franchisee’s employee who “misappropriated” the outfit and went to the protest. The person held a sign that read “Stop Trying To Ban Abortion.”

“The participation in the protest today in Philadelphia was not sanctioned by Rita’s Italian Ice. A franchisee’s employee misappropriated the Ice Guy outfit and went to the protest. Rita’s Italian Ice is not an active participant in the abortion discussion,” the company said.

The protests were staged at noon local time in nearly 50 states, including one of the largest rallies outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. Abortion rights activists say recently passed state laws in places like Alabama are an attack on Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the U.S.

Eating A Lot Of Ultra-Processed Foods Can Lead To Premature Death, Study Finds

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — With Memorial Day weekend coming, there is a new warning about junk food. New research says eating a lot of ultra-processed foods can lead to premature death.

The research looked at things like snack foods and pre-packaged meals — items that usually have a long list of ingredients. They’re unhealthy and fattening and the study says they can take years off your life if you eat too much.

New research on ultra-processed foods finds a 14% increased risk of death for people who consumed a lot of items that contain extra additives.

“Consumption of ultra-processed foods, on a regular basis, significantly increased all-cause mortality,” said Lindsay Malone, a registered dietitian with the Cleveland Clinic. “This is typically going to refer to things like heart disease, or complications from obesity or diabetes.”

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The study looked at over 44,000 men and women over eight years. In the research, volunteers who consumed ultra-processed foods after two weeks ate about 500 more calories a day and gained two pounds.

However, when the same participants switched to an unprocessed diet with the same amount of calories, they lost an average of two pounds over the same period.

Ultra-processed food tends to have a lot ingredients and chemicals to extend its shelf life and they’re usually loaded with white flour, salt, sugar and fat.

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Experts say it’s best to eat foods like frozen meals or packaged snack crackers only in situations when there really is no other option.

“If you’re looking for convenience, try and stick to three ingredients or less, and things that you would recognize or be able to find in your own kitchen,” Malone said.

There are some convenient items like frozen fruits and vegetables that are quick and easy healthy options.

Experts say unhealthy items are usually found on the interior aisles of the grocery store and it’s best to stick to the perimeter where the produce and fresh food items are generally located.

‘Come Back Later To Vote’: Some Polling Places Experience Issues On Pennsylvania Primary Day

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — With just a few hours to go before the polls close, some polling places experienced a few hiccups Tuesday.

“It’s very important to get out and vote today,” one voter said.

A steady stream of people were filing into the polling place at The Academy at Palumbo on 11th and Catherine Streets in South Philly. But two voting machines were not properly working at the start of the day.

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John Rose was there as the judge of elections tried to handle the situation.

“They came out and told the people that the machines were broke down and told people to come back later to vote,” Rose, a South Philadelphia resident, said.

Eventually, paper ballots were used for an hour-and-a-half.

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Over at the polling place at Mummers Museum in South Philly, some were decked out in their election best.

“I always wear ‘We The People’ because it’s so important. We are the people, it’s our government and this is the way we have a say in our government,” South Philadelphia resident Joane Duckingfield said.

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In Philadelphia, the Democratic primary for mayor is getting most of the attention. Mayor Jim Kenney is running for a second term.

He voted at the Painted Bride Art Center in Center City. He faces a challenge from state Sen. Anthony Williams — who voted in West Philadelphia — and former City Controller Alan Butkovitz — who voted at Saint Thomas Church in the Northeast.

The winner will take on Republican Billy Ciancaglini in November. No incumbent mayor has lost an election in Philly in at least the last 60 years.

“I think a lot of Philadelphians do not understand that the primary is the election. Eighty-percent of us are Democrats and who we pick in the primary really are the people who are going to get chosen in November,” Northern Liberties resident Amy Roat said.

Another big race to watch is the city council race as all 17 city council seats in Philadelphia are open.

Construction Begins On Camden’s First New Hotel In More Than 50 Years

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — A milestone in the revitalization of the City of Camden took place Tuesday. Construction is underway on the city’s first new hotel in more than 50 years.

The hotel is located on the waterfront, in the shadow of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

New construction has become something of a norm in Camden, where more than $2.5 billion of development has poured into the city over the last few years. But this project is something the city hasn’t seen in half a century.

Local officials helped break ground Tuesday on what will become a 180-room Hilton Garden Inn — the first new hotel to come to Camden in more than 50 years.

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“Well, it just speaks volumes to the commitment and the promise that we’re seeing in the City of Camden,” Camden Mayor Frank Moran said.

Ensemble Real Estate Investment will develop and own the property, while Concord Hospitality will operate the hotel.

While Ensemble says there was reluctance from some investors to build a hotel in Camden, Hilton says the location will fit right in with the hospitals, colleges and businesses and entertainment near the waterfront.

They have little doubt the location will fit in with the other 800-plus properties in their Garden Inn brand.

“There’s going to be a very strong business clientele during the week, and then the sports and leisure activities that have been building up on the waterfront and Philadelphia are really going to be to our advantage,” John Greenleaf, global head of Hilton Garden Inn, said.

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The hotel is also taking advantage of more than $18 million in tax breaks from the soon-to-expire Grow NJ Program. That incentive program and the authority which administers it, is now being investigated and criticized by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy for allegedly benefiting corporations more than residents who need jobs.

The Hilton expects to hire about 75 employees and Moran asks, in the big picture, how do you reject a massive investment in Camden?

“The reality of the Economic Opportunity Act, the proof is in the pudding. You see the tangible development that’s taken place that will create opportunity for Camden,” Moran said.

Parents Of 4-Month-Old Boy Who Suffocated In ‘Time Out’ Indicted For Murder, Prosecutors Say

BURLINGTON COUNTY, N.J. (CBS) — The parents of a 4-month-old boy who suffocated have been indicted for murder, Burlington County prosecutors said Tuesday. Forty-two-year-old William Herring and 23-year-old Brianna Brochhausen were indicted by a Burlington County grand jury on first-degree murder charges and endangering the welfare of a child.

Mugshots of William Herring and Brianna Brochhausen. (credit: Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office)

Officials say 4-month-old Hunter was suffocated at the Hilltop Motel in Springfield Township on Feb. 14, 2018, where the family was living at the time.

The prosecutor’s office says an investigation revealed that Herring and Brochhausen were frustrated because Hunter would not stop crying and placed him in “time out.” Authorities say the baby was positioned on his stomach on the bed with the comforter pulled over him, covering his head and entire body.

Police say the parents then went outside to smoke cigarettes, and when they returned to their room 10 minutes later, they discovered Hunter was not breathing.

Hunter was initially taken to Virtua Hospital in Mount Holly and then immediately transferred to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He died on March 3, 2018 after being removed from life support.

Ping Pong Anyone? Louis Vuitton Releases $2,000 Ping Pong Set

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Table-tennis lovers, Louis Vuitton may have the perfect gift for you. The luxury fashion brand released a designer two-paddle set that is going for $2,200, and that doesn’t include the table.

The Ping Pong Set James comes complete with a canvas cover and four ping pong balls in a monogrammed custom holder.

This set is the latest addition to the company’s line of athletic goods. The brand also has a golf set selling for $850, a pastel-colored volleyball going for $2,650 and a jump rope for the price of $650.

Man Arrested For Gunning Down Longtime Transgender Advocate On North Philadelphia Street, Police Say

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A man has been arrested in the murder of a longtime transgender advocate in Philadelphia. Police say 28-year-old Troy Bailey was arrested Monday for gunning down Michelle “Tamika” Washington, a transgender woman, on the 3400 block of North 11th Street.

 

Washington was shot multiple times, early Sunday morning.

Police say Bailey was taken into custody around 9 p.m. on Monday, at 750 Race St.

Philadelphia LGBT officials were heartbroken over Washington’s death.

“I am devastated by the senseless murder of yet another one of our trans sisters. Tamika was a brilliant and outgoing member of Philadelphia’s transgender community, known for her advocacy and mentorship, and she will be profoundly missed. The epidemic of violence that continues to plague the transgender community—disproportionately impacting trans women of color— is heartbreaking, frightening, and infuriating,” said Amber Hikes, the executive director of Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs.

“The news of the murder and death of Michelle ‘Tamika’ Washington has hit so many in our community hard. More than a news story, she was a friend, a loved one, a beloved. The Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs offers our solidarity, our commitment to #SayHerName, and a commitment to ending the plague of anti-black, anti-trans, and queerphobic violence that plagues not just our nation, but our own local community. Our community is nothing without black trans women, and we will mourn the loss of Michelle ‘Tamika’ Washington today and in the years to come. We pledge to not let her loss be in vain, and to stand with those who both endure and combat this violence on a daily basis,” said Raquel Evita Saraswati, chair of Mayor Jim Kenney’s Commission on LGBT Affairs.

Bailey has been charged with murder and other related charges.

‘No Patience For Any Kind Of Failure’: Why Philadelphia Phillies Fans Are Booing Bryce Harper

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It didn’t take long for disgruntled Philadelphia Phillies fans to voice their frustrations about Bryce Harper. Just two months into the season, the $330 million man has been hearing the boo birds at Citizens Bank Park.

It’s obviously not a majority of Phillies fans who are unhappy, but there has been a sizable enough portion who have voiced their displeasure that the national media took notice.

The main issue behind the frustrations has been Harper’s high strikeout rate. He’s struck out 63 times in 207 plate appearances, whiffing just over 30% of the time.

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He’s also batting .229, but he does have an .832 OPS, with nine home runs and 31 RBI on the season.

And despite the low batting average and the strikeouts, he is getting on base as he’s drawn 35 walks.

It was hard to imagine this happening on Feb. 28 when Philadelphia learned Harper was coming to the Phillies after signing a 13-year deal. The city went into a state of euphoria, with fans clamoring to get their hands on anything and everything Harper.

“Like vodka and milk, a $330 million player and the Mendoza line don’t mix. It’s that simple,” said CBS3 sports director and anchor Don Bell. “You can’t have the richest contract in North American sports history and struggle like this. Bryce knows it and so do the fans.”

Bell said he’s “actually surprised” fans didn’t turn on Harper sooner, but that some have “taken it too far.”

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“I think he should be under the microscope given the hoopla, but some fans have taken it too far. Some say he’s not worth the money. It’s way too early to make that assessment. I mean, the dude moved here days before the season began. We just entered the second quarter of the season. Patience is needed,” said Bell.

Even making great plays in the field is still not enough for some fans. During a game against the Milwaukee Brewers last week, Harper received a standing ovation after making two sliding catches, but then was booed afterwards after striking out.

Not only can you hear it at the ballpark, some have also voiced their displeasure like you do nowadays – on social media.

Matt Leon, sports anchor and reporter for KYW Newsradio, told CBS Philly that some fans “will have no patience for any kind of failure.”

“I don’t know that they have turned, I think there’s a portion of the fan base that is much more reactionary than the rest and is frustrated with his struggles, which to be fair are pretty significant right now. Also, you have to expect when you sign that kind of contract, people are going to have consistent sky-high expectations,” said Leon.

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In an interview with SportsRadio 94WIP last week, Harper acknowledged he has to start playing better.

“Of course, I don’t want to struggle. I don’t want to go out there and go 0-4 and punch out two or three times. I mean that’s not who I am, that’s not how I want to be. I gotta get better, I gotta be better, and everybody knows that,” Harper said. “I know that myself and when I walk off the field at night, the game is over. I gotta turn the page and get back to the next day and I think that’s the beautiful thing about baseball.”

Bell said Harper just needs to weather the early storm and that he will be OK. As for the fans booing, Bell shared Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins’ perspective on it.

“He told me Philly fans don’t boo because they hate you, they boo because they know you can do better. I agree with him,” Bell said. “This can be an incredibly demanding place to play. However, when they’re behind you, I don’t think there’s any fan base that’s more capable of willing a team to a win.”

The Phillies are currently sitting atop first place in the National League East with a 28-19 record, holding a 2.5 game lead over the Atlanta Braves.

Surveillance Video Shows Unarmed Man Being Shot By Plainclothes Philadelphia Police Officer In Kensington

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — CBS3 has obtained surveillance video of a police-involved shooting in Kensington. A police officer in plainclothes shot a man who is now fighting for his life. The victim is in critical but stable condition at Temple University Hospital.

Surveillance video captured the moment police say a detective in an unmarked car shot an unarmed man around 9 p.m. on Monday.

In the video, you see the man walk down G Street, near Tioga Street, in Kensington. It then shows a blast of smoke with the victim lying on the ground.

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He gets back up before apparently being commanded back down.

Authorities say the detective was alone and had just left the scene of another incident. He was stopped at a red light when the man walked up to the officer’s door.

“The male approached the car with his arms extended and apparently the detective thought he was being carjacked,” said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross.

Investigators say the officer thought the man had a gun and in response, discharged his weapon, shattering the car window and hitting the man once in the stomach.

Family members identified the shooting victim as 28-year-old Joel Johnson. He was taken into police custody and is now fighting for his life at Temple University Hospital.

The investigation has revealed Johnson did not have a gun.

“I’m not going to sit here and say we haven’t found one,” said Ross. “We don’t expect to find one.”

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Relatives say Johnson has a mental disability and a misunderstanding nearly cost him his life.

“My little brother asked for a quarter, did a gesture, officer got nervous and started shooting through the window,” said Johnson’s brother, Hector Tirado.

A man who lives just feet away from the shooting saw Johnson gesturing for money.

“He could have shot my granddaughter, or my daughter, or wife,” a resident said. “This man is out here every day from 9 in the morning to like 6, 7 or 8 at night begging for quarters. We feed him. He is innocent.”

Ross said the detective, who is a seven-year veteran of the force, is on desk duty while police look into whether this was a justifiable shooting.

CBS3’s Crystal Cranmore reports.

More Than Half A Million Philadelphia-Area Residents Expected To Travel For Memorial Day, AAA Says

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Locals are preparing to kick off the unofficial start of summer with travel plans this weekend. More than 500,000 Philadelphia-area residents are expected to travel 50 miles or more over the Memorial Day weekend, according to AAA.

Experts say that’s 3.6% more travelers than last year.

“Philadelphia-area residents are ready to kick off the Memorial Day weekend with a trip,” said Jana Tidwell, manager of public and government affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “After a long winter and soggy spring, locals are ready to pack up the car, or catch a flight, a bus or a train in order to enjoy the warmer weather.”

Out of those traveling over the weekend, 90 percent are expected to drive to their destinations.

Experts say the busiest travel days for our area will be Thursday and Friday.

Almost 43 million Americans are expected to travel this weekend.

Hamilton Township Farm Owner Pleads Guilty After Dozens Of Animals Found Covered In 6 Inches Of Feces

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) – A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges after several animals on his Hamilton Township, New Jersey farm were found covered in six inches of feces. Officials say many of the animals were found sick and some even dead.

On Monday, 55-year-old Henry Guzikowski pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree animal cruelty.

Henry Guzikowski - Hamilton Township Farm Owner Pleads Guilty After Several Animals Found Covered In 6 Inches Of Feces

Authorities say Guzikowski, the owner of a 14-acre farm on Uncle Pete’s Road in Hamilton, was keeping several animals living in unsanitary conditions.

During a search of his farm back in August 2018, officials found 38 runner ducks covered in about six inches of feces. Two were dead.

Nine pigs were also found covered in feces inside a garage-like structure.

Twelve chickens were found inside an abandoned house. Five were dead and another died while officials were securing the property. Fifty-four chickens were found in a coop. All appeared to be sick and one had severe growths on its feet, detectives said.

Guzikowski was previously found guilty of animal cruelty in 2014 when he had 20 rabbits removed from his care. And in January 2019, Bucks County SPCA rescued 30 rabbits from Guzikowski’s property in Lower Makefield after they were found living in frigid temperatures and unsanitary conditions. 

Election Day: Voters, candidates hit the polls early in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The polls are open until 8 p.m. in Pennsylvania. Voters started to cast their ballots at 7 a.m. this morning.

Among the first to vote at Add B. Anderson School was one of the three Democratic candidates for mayor, Pennsylvania state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams.

He’s hoping there will be a strong turnout throughout Philadelphia Tuesday.

“Certainly I would like to have them turn out in record numbers to support me,” he said. “But hopefully somebody waking up will realize today is Election Day. Selection Day, Correction Day. And come out and vote and cast their vote in a way they think helps Philadelphia move forward.”

Voter Adrian says he’s trying to motivate his family members to get out on this non-presidential election year, because of how important local politics is to everyday life.

“Taxes, gentrification, changes on how your property assessments are being done,” he said.

Adrian added that’s the great thing about democracy, we all have a say.

Moving over to Old City, at the Painted Bride Art Center. At around 9:50 a.m. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney walked in. He shook hands, stood in line, and then cast his ballot before he was whisked away.

Voter, Barbara Jackson, didn’t mind talking for the mayor.

“He’s doing a good job and he needs support,” she said.

What she does want to see, as a former educator, is for whoever is elected to focus on schools and giving young people all the opportunities to succeed.

“Not just learn to use the computer, but how to program the computer,” she explained. “So they can be entrepreneurs and that’s what I want to see, that’s my issue.”

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