Philadelphia Animal Shelter ACCT Waiving Dog Adoption Fees As Kennels Are Full

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A Philadelphia animal shelter is waiving its dog adoption fees. The Animal Care & Control team of Philadelphia said Thursday its kennels are full and there have not been enough adopters.

Adoption hours are Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays.

Generally, ACCT charges an adoption fee anywhere from $16 for senior dogs 7 years or older and up to $100 for puppies 6 months or younger.

Potential adopters can view available dogs online and find more information on the agency’s website at http://www.acctphilly.org/adopt/available/dogs/.

Evesham Police Search For Suspect Wanted In Recent Crime Spree

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BURLINGTON COUNTY, N.J. (CBS) – A Camden man faces charges in connection with a crime spree in Evesham, Burlington County. Now, police just need to find him.

Police are searching for 21-year-old Tyree Taylor.

Police say in the early morning hours of Feb. 3 he was caught on surveillance video trying to break-in to a home in the Ravenscliff
development.

Police say he then stole a car, crashed, and ran from police.

Philadelphia Police Searching For Missing 14-Year-Old Boy

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia police need your help as they search for a missing 14-year-old. Joshua Wingate was last seen Thursday around 7 a.m. on the 6100 block of Christian Street.

He was wearing a black parka, a gray mastery charter school shirt, tan pants and shoes.

If you’ve seen Joshua, call police right away.

Local Artist With Autism Gains Recognition For Models Of Philly Landmarks

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – He’s a local artist who is now gaining national attention, and he has grabbed the spotlight by showcasing the City of Philadelphia in a big way. Eyewitness News caught up with Kambel Smith as he was putting the finishing touches on his latest project.

“When people see it, it’s like wow,” Kambel’s father Lonnie Smith says. “I love to see him work.”

His father isn’t alone. Neighbors often stop to watch Kambel work on the front lawn of his Germantown home. But, recently, it was his portrayal of famous Philly landmarks that really commanded attention.

“When you see it in person it’s like crazy,” Lonnie says.

“My favorite one would be the Philadelphia Museum of Art,” Kambel adds.

And the Museum of Art isn’t Kambel’s only massive masterpiece. The Ben Franklin Bridge and City Hall are part of his collection, too.

They are all made from humble material like cardboard and tape, and they are all created by sight alone. Not one measurement is ever taken.

“It gave him a sense of inner peace, and he needed that,” Lonnie says.

Kambel was diagnosed with autism as a child.

“He was different,” Lonnie remembers. “He was violent. He was crying out for help.”

The breakthrough for father and son came in the form of a crumpled piece of paper. It was a sketch Kambel made of a character he called Survivor.

“He saw himself as this hero that people didn’t understand,” Lonnie says.

Together, they wrote their first graphic novel – a superhero saga where autism gives the heroes their power.

“It was saying you’re the hero, you’re not the problem,” Lonnie says. “The people who don’t see you as you are, they’re the problem.”

Since then, Kambel has expressed himself through art, first through painting. But oil on canvas became too expensive. So, the self-taught artist turned to building architectural pieces by using cardboard found in the trash.

“It was amazing after that,” Lonnie remembers. “He just kept going and going, and he just wouldn’t stop.”

Just last month, Kambel showed his Philly-inspired work at the Outsider Art Fair in New York City and was featured in The New York Times.

“Find that gift,” Lonnie adds. “You ask Kambel would he change anything about himself? No. He’s proud of who he is, and that was the goal.”

Kambel and his father have now published four books featuring their super heroes with autism, and his brother, who is also diagnosed with autism, is coding a video game to go along with the books.

The family has also set up a GoFundMe page with the purpose of acquiring a studio. After all, Kambel’s art takes up about half of their home.

Fleetwood Middle School In Berks County Closed After ‘Carbon Monoxide Problem,’ Says School

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FLEETWOOD, Pa. (CBS) — Eyewitness News has confirmed Fleetwood Middle School in Berks County will be closed Friday after what school officials are calling a “carbon monoxide problem.”

Several students reported feeling dizzy and lightheaded Thursday night during a play rehearsal.

Twelve students were taken to the hospital.

None suffered serious injuries.

Crews checked every room for carbon monoxide but did not find any signs of the gas during the initial inspection.

Teenager Shot Multiple Times, Killed Outside Lukoil Gas Station In Southwest Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia police are searching for a killer who targeted a teenager at a gas station.

The deadly shooting happened around midnight Friday at the Lukoil on 58th and Baltimore Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia.

Police say officers found the 19-year-old victim unresponsive near a gas pump. He had been shot multiple times in his face and chest.

“We know at least 14 shots were fired from a large-caliber, semi-automatic weapon. We found 14 spent shell casings on the gas station lot, right next to where the victim was laying. Some of the shell casings were just inches from the victim’s body,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

The teen was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police are checking surveillance video to gather more clues.

No Injuries Reported In Carroll Park House Fire

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Firefighters have controlled a house fire in the Carroll Park section of Southwest Philadelphia.

The fire broke out just after midnight Friday at 53rd and Kershaw Streets.

Firefighters say there was heavy fire on the second floor.

There are no reported injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Dog Found Dead In Trash Can Was Alive When Suspect Threw Her In, Investigators Believe

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BEESLEY’S POINT, N.J. (CBS) — A dog was found dead in a trash can down the shore. Now, the search is on for the person responsible for the heartless crime.

Shore Animal Control posted this picture on Facebook of the trash can where the dog was discovered on Cove Road in Beesley’s Point in Cape May County.

Animal Control says the female dog was white and tan and about 35 to 40 pounds.

The dog had a broken leg and other injuries, but investigators think she was still alive when she was put in the trash can.

Police: 9 People Transported To Hospital After Complaints Of Dizziness, Lightheadedness At Berks County Middle School

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FLEETWOOD, Pa. (CBS) — Officials are investigating after 9 young people were transported to area hospitals after complaining of dizziness and lightheadedness during play practice at Fleetwood Middle School Thursday evening, police say. At no point did anyone pass out or end up unconscious, according to police.

Fire officials did a room-to-room check and found a zero carbon monoxide reading. Crews are now ventilating the school now.

Police so this is not an active hazmat situation and there is no danger to the public.

Fire crews responded to the school around 8:30 p.m.

93-Year-Old Montgomery County Woman Gifted New Heater After Her 70-Year-Old Furnace Broke

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — A 93-year-old woman made a wish, and it was granted thanks to the generosity of others. Helen Merico got a new heater for her home after the Twilight Wish Foundation heard her story.

Merico is recuperating from a broken hip and lives with her son, who is her caretaker.

Her furnace broke in 2017, but because it was 70 years old, it was beyond repair. Merico didn’t have the money for a new one.

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Merico and her son relied on space heaters the past two winters, until now.

“I love it, I think it’s fabulous what they’re doing for me,” Merico said.

All Seasons Comfort Control donated the labor and installed the heater.

Philly-Bound Flight Cancelled After Pilot Is Arrested On Suspicion Of Being Intoxicated, American Airlines Says

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia-bound flight was cancelled Thursday after one of the pilots was arrested on suspicion of being intoxicated, according to American Airlines. Flight AA735 was supposed to go from Manchester, England to Philadelphia.

American Airlines tells Eyewitness News one of the three pilots was arrested.

“American Airlines is aware of an incident involving a member of its crew at Manchester Airport earlier this morning,” the company said in a statement. “The employee was detained and the flight, AA735 to Philadelphia, has been cancelled. Safety is our highest priority and we apologize to our customers for the disruption to their travel plans, we have rebooked them on alternative flights. We are fully cooperating with local law enforcement and further questions should be referred to them.”

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The airline booked all of the passengers on different flights.

Man Arrested For Allegedly Stabbing Victim Multiple Times, Punching Police Officer At Lakewood Town Hall Meeting, Police Say

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LAKEWOOD, N.J. (CBS) — Authorities say a knife-wielding man stabbed a person at a Lakewood town hall meeting, and then punched a police officer in the eye. It happened at the township’s municipal building around 11 a.m. Thursday morning.

Police say Reginald Patillo, 47, attacked a Lakewood resident as he entered an elevator on the second flood, stabbing the victim multiple times in the neck and head area.

Police responded to the scene, and while he was being question, Patillo punched one of the officers, police say.

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He was subdued and placed in custody. A knife was recovered from the scene.

The victim and the officer were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Patillo was arrested and charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault against a law enforcement officers, resisting arrest and weapon charges.

Investigators are looking into the motive behind the attack.

Groom Arrested For Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Teenage Waitress At His Own Wedding, Affidavit Shows

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RICHBORO, Pa. (CBS) — A groom in Bucks County was arrested at his own wedding for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenage waitress, a criminal complaint shows. Matthew Aimers is accused of assaulting the girl during his wedding reception at the Northampton Valley Country Club on Nov. 24.

Northampton Township police responded to a report of an indecent assault on a juvenile that night.

Police say the girl was working as a waitress when the 32-year-old groom approached her during the reception and asked her to go outside.

According to the complaint, Aimers told the girl “we can do whatever you want,” to which she declined and told him that she was working.

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Later during the evening, she was ordered by event staff to check supply levels in the women’s bathroom.

When she entered the bathroom, the groom followed her and grabbed her arm, she told police.

The girl says Aimers pulled her into one of the stalls and closed the door. She told police that Aimers started kissing her and assaulting her.

When the groom tried to unbutton her pants, she grabbed his hands and pulled them away, telling him the actions were not welcome.

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The groom then began “wiggling” his penis against her pants and asked her, “Can you kiss me like you mean it?” and also said “I’ll give you a hundred dollars.”

Eventually, the girl was able to push by the groom and out of the bathroom.

Aimers is facing charges of false imprisonment of a minor, corruption of minors, indecent assault, indecent exposure, disorderly conduct and harassment.

Taste With Tori: Louie Louie Brings Parisian Feel To University City

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — In University City, there’s a jewel box of quirky juxtapositions. A swinging American bistro with French influence in a bouncy, vibrant atmosphere, where down a Parisian boulevard, lie plates of eye-popping detail and delight.

Squint a little harder and you’ll even see the wild wicker walls of The Rose Room. Well they’ve done it and it’s called Louie Louie!

“We wanted to bring something to Philadelphia that was so different that hadn’t been seen or done before,” said Sydney Grims, partner of Louie Louie.

But if you’re looking for Lou, he doesn’t exist.

Grims says Louie Louie is named after a person you’d only hope to meet!

“Louie is this world traveler, a bon vivant adventure, loves great food, wine and had a romantic tryst with Bianca Jagger at Studio 54 and they ran over to Paris and they washed dishes and came home, planted himself in University City and opened a restaurant,” Grims said.

For first timers, a first course of french onion soup.

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Second course, beet salad with a goat cheese purse.

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Third course, seared scallops with pork belly and brown butter hazelnut reduction.

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And lastly, a glass of milk and a five-layer chocolate cake.

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Man Accused Of Impersonating Dead People To Steal Home Deeds In Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A long investigation by Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner has paid off. Authorities charged William Ernest Johnson III on Thursday with forgery record tampering, conspiracy and theft after he allegedly stole a dead homeowner’s property deed of a house in the city’s Brewerytown neighborhood.

Johnson is accused of stealing the deed of a house at 1323 N. 27th St. in Brewerytown where an elderly woman lived. Johnson allegedly forged his victim’s signature on a document after she died in 2007. Investigators also said the document was falsely notarized.

“Miss Dawkins (the victim) was a beautiful person,” said Jacqueline Ellington, the victim’s neighbor. “I would sit with her all the time.”

The house on North 27th Street is one of seven allegedly stolen by Johnson by impersonating dead people with the goal to resell the homes. Johnson turned himself into police. He also allegedly stole from a house at 2515 Ingersoll St. and 2500 W. Seybert St.

Krasner said Thursday in a press conference that it’s more about than just thefts, it’s about thieves taking advantage of the vulnerable.

Krasner met with council members and the records of deeds director to announce Johnson’s arrest and shed light on the growing problem.

“It robs low-income families, especially African Americans and Latinos, of the opportunity to build generational wealth,” Krasner said.

Krasner blames state legislation and lack of regulations on checking signatures and IDs. He plans on meeting with state leaders about a solution in the coming months.

Rapid gentrification in North Philadelphia’s Brewerytown is becoming a hotbed for thieves to steal property deeds.

“It’s a really sad thing that’s happening all over the city,” said Logan Kramer, CEO of Design Pro Development.

Kramer was under contract by the property through a realtor hired by Johnson.

“I put money into architectural plans and title searches,” Kramer said. “I had lenders lined up to finance both projects, investors lined up.”