Police: 20-Year-Old Man Killed After Crashing Into Tree On Roosevelt Boulevard

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One person is dead after a single car accident on Roosevelt Boulevard Saturday. The accident happened just before 10 a.m on the 3900 block of E. Roosevelt Boulevard.

Officials say a 20-year-old man was traveling in the southbound of the boulevard when he struck a tree.

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Emergency crews freed the man from the vehicle and rushed him to a nearby hospital where he died a short time later.

Police are still investigating this incident to find what may have caused this crash.

Pennsylvania Has Already Seen Its Yearly Average Of Tornadoes, Officials Say

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Weather officials say Pennsylvania has already recorded the average number of tornadoes for a year. Meteorologist Sarah Johnson of the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, New Jersey says 16 tornadoes that have had preliminary confirmation in the commonwealth so far this year.

Severe weather is more common in June and into July, but Johnson cautions that that is by no means a hard and fast rule. For example, a large outbreak of severe weather was recorded Oct. 2 of last year across the commonwealth, she said.

“The high plains and mid-Atlantic have been getting the brunt of low-pressure systems that have been bringing precipitation,” she said. The southeastern United States, by contrast, is “getting hot and humid weather but not much in the way of thunderstorms.”

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On Thursday, six tornado warnings were issued across the commonwealth in a span of just two hours.

Data on storms goes back to 1950, but Johnson said many storms may not have been recorded before the availability of Doppler radar systems.

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“Back before the time of Doppler radar, a lot of times a tornado may have occurred but we wouldn’t be aware of it, and depending on population density it may not have done damage that anyone would have noticed,” she said.

Eric Horst, director of the Weather Information Center at Millersville University, said a Pacific El Nino is still enhancing the jet stream, so the atmosphere is highly dynamic with all of the fronts moving through, the York Daily Record reported.

“Some years are more active than others — it’s a cycle we go through every few years,” he wrote.

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National Constitution Center honors fallen heroes with program on national anthem

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — What better time is there to examine the history of the country’s national anthem than Memorial Day weekend? 

The tune of the Star-Spangled Banner was borrowed from another colonial-era song.

“It was called ‘To Anacreon in Heaven or The Anacreontic Song,'” said Brian Krisch, Senior Museum Educator with the National Constitution Center. “A gentleman’s club society of musicians in London, it was sort of their official song.”

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This Memorial Day weekend, Krisch says the museum is conducting a special program about the history of the national anthem, written by Francis Scott Key.

“It was written in 1814 initially as a poem, called ‘Defense of Fort McHenry.’ By the end of the year it had been set to music,” Krisch explained. “However, it is not until 1931, 117 years later, that it is actually voted on by Congress as the official national anthem of the United States and signed into law by President Hoover.”

And the national athem show is just one of several programs that will pay tribute to America’s fallen military heroes this Memorial Day weekend.
 

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Police Identify Suspect Wanted In Connection To Center City Home Invasion

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Police have identified an armed and dangerous man accused of robbing a couple in their center city as they packed up their car. Detectives say Raymond Green forced his way into the couple’s home in the 300 block of Camac Street early Thursday morning.

According to police, a 72-year-old man and a 59-year-old woman were packing their car outside of their home when they were approached by multiple men including Green.

Once inside the victims’ house the suspects took their cellphones and wallets before running ran out of the front door and stole the couple’s car.

But, the car shut off at the end of the block when it got too far away from the owner, who had the keys.

Police say Green has been seen near city hall and the SEPTA concourse.

Driver Dead After Motorcycle Collides With Vehicle In Delaware

New Castle, DE (CBS) — New Castle officials are investigating a fatal accident involving a motorcycle and a van that happened late Friday night. The crash happened around 11 p.m. at the intersection of Route 202 Northbound and Fairfax Boulevard.

Delaware State Police say the motorcycle was traveling at a high rate of speed, struck a van that was heading Southbound on Concord Pike.

The 25-year-old driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Witness’s say there was a group of motorcycles were driving traveling recklessly and speeding just before the crash.

The driver of the van was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Route 202 was shut down for around 3 hours and has reopened.

10 wounded after gunfire erupts outside Trenton bar

TRENTON, NJ. (KYW Newsradio) — Ten people were wounded when gunfire erupted Saturday morning outside a bar in Trenton, New Jersey.

It happened around 12:30 a.m. near Ramoneros Liquor and Bar on Brunswick Avenue at Middle Rose Street.

Police said around 50 shots were fired from at least two different weapons. Five men and four women were stuck by the gunfire. A fifth woman was injured in the chaos but was not shot. 

All of the victims were expected to survive.

Trenton Councilman Jerell Blakeley was at the scene. He said there’s been a recent spike in violent crime in the city. The councilman said police are working hard but he’d like to see some help from outside resources.

“I call on the state troopers, I call on the National Guard,” Councilman Blakeley said. “We need something in this city.”

But he said solving the problem needs to start within the community.

“We must come together as a city and really get to the root reasons for these despicable actions by a depraved few,” Councilman Blakeley said.

No arrests were made. Police were searching for the driver of a dark-colored SUV that was seen leaving the scene.

There was no word on what prompted the shooting.

Police were expected to provide an update at an afternoon press conference.

Stay with KYW Newsradio for the latest.

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Possible Drive-By Shooting Nine Injures People, Police Say

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – Multiple people are in the hospital after gunfire breaks out at a bar in Trenton on Saturday. This shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. at the intersection of Brunswick Avenue and Middle Rose Street.

Five males and four females were struck by gunfire.

Two of the males were rushed into emergency surgery.

All of the victims are expected to survive their injuries.

Officials believe this shooting was a drive-by.

Police are still investigating this incident and say they are looking for a dark colored SUV.

Historic Philly sub turns 75-year-old, and no, we’re not talking hoagies

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Happy Birthday Becky! A historic decommissioned submarine that now calls Penn’s landing home is turning 75-years-old this Memorial Day.

“Becky was what some of the sailors, who sailed on the submarine Becuna, had nicked named her,” explained John Brady President and CEO of the Independence Seaport Museum.

The museum is the keeper of the last remaining GUPPY IA type boat.

“She sank a few ships is World War II, she was depth charged more than once in World War II, she had a lot of training missions. She served in War World II, but was primarily a cold war boat,” Brady says. “She was re-done in the early 1950s — I believe a guppy is what they called it.  Where she was modernized for the time with new sonar and a more efficient shape for underwater performance and things like that.

The USS Becuna would have about 80 men on board during a mission, Brady says, and space for the crew was extremely limited.

“In the torpedo room, if you were assigned to the torpedo room, you actually slept with the torpedoes and there were bunks that were between the torpedo storage that would slide out.”

The Becuna was commissioned in 1944, and decommissioned in 1969. This Saturday, May 25, the public is invited to a ceremony at the Independence Seaport Museum to celebrate the historic vessel.

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Jersey shore has high hopes for strong summer season, experts weigh in

CAPE MAY COUNTY, NJ (KYW Newsradio) — Hopes are riding high down the shore that this summer season will be a good one for vacationers and businesses alike.

Whether your fun can be had in the sun or the surf, conditions couldn’t be better according to state officials.

“The monitoring that we have done shows that the water quality this week is great. So everyone can come on in,” Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe told KYW Newsradio.

She says they check the water quality at least once a week, more often if there are any concerns.

As for the sand, McCabe added communities “had very few storms that had any damage to the beaches this year. So they are in good condition.”

There’s also a new statewide smoking ban on beaches, with only Wildwood Crest willing to set aside zones for people to light up. That’ll keep beaches cleaner, they hope.

Put it all together, and if the weather holds up, business leaders down the shore are hoping for a great summer at the cash register.

“We’ve been experiencing right around a 4% growth in tourism spending over the last few years,” said John Kelly with the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce. “We expect a similar trend to continue this summer of 2019.”

While most of the tourists are no more than a couple hours or so away by car, 7% of county visitors every summer come from Canada.

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Philadelphia Favorite Santucci’s Pizza Opens Up Shop On Ocean City Boardwalk

OCEAN CITY, N.J. (CBS) — There’s no shortage of fun and food to be had in Ocean City. When CBS3 anchors Ukee Washington and Jessica Kartalija heard a Philly favorite just opened up a shop in Ocean City, they had to check it out.

Folks were flocking to the food and games on a beautiful Friday night on the boardwalk. So when in Rome, do as the Romans do. Let’s eat.

Santucci’s, a Philly favorite, is celebrating its 60th anniversary, and better yet, Day 1 on the Ocean City boardwalk.

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So what’s the secret to Santucci’s?

“I would say tradition. This year is our 60th year in business, so we’ve been doing the same thing for 60 years and it’s exciting that finally we’re getting to do what our customers ask, is bring Santucci’s closer to all of them,” one worker said.

Winning Numbers For 10th-Largest Mega Millions Jackpot In History

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Maybe you’ll be a millionaire as you head into the Memorial Day weekend. The Mega Millions jackpot is closing in on $400 million.

Friday night’s top prize is worth $393 million! It’s the 10th-largest in the game’s history.

The cash payout is just over $244 million.

Here are the winning numbers: 14, 41, 44, 56, 62 and the gold mega ball is 10.

‘You Feel Very Violated’: Montgomery County Coffee Shop The Victim Of 2 Art Heists

AMBLER, Pa. (CBS) – A local business owner and artist are piecing together clues after two paintings went missing from a coffee shop. It happened at Abyss Coffee on Bethlehem Pike in Ambler.

Abyss Coffee in Ambler is a local spot where you can grab a cup of Joe or a sip of a latte while enjoying pieces by local artists.

“It’s a great space and it’s just a cheerful space,” someone said, “and there are a lot of people in and out.”

It’s now at the center of a whodunit, the scene of two art heists that likely is the same culprit.

Theresa Heidig Rooney operates the Artworks Collective, which is sponsoring a month-long transportation-themed exhibit to coincide with the town’s car show.

“The one painting was a 66 Mustang,” Rooney said. “The other was a 78 Jeep, which a friend of ours had just finished restoring.”

Rooney’s two paintings were the two snatched off the wall over the course of two separate days between May 10 and May 12.

“You feel very violated when you have something taken like that,” Rooney said.

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The area in which the paintings hung in the coffee shop is removed from the rest of the restaurant.

There is no surveillance video there, but that could soon change.

Rooney says the coffee shop may install additional cameras.

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In the meantime, they’re offering a reward with the hopes of capturing the thief before they strike again.

“There are people that are concerned about moving forward,” Rooney said. “And actually one artist has already decided she’s going to pull out of the future show.”

2 Pedestrians Struck By Car In Ocean City, Officials Say

OCEAN CITY, N.J. (CBS) — An investigation is underway in Ocean City after a car hit two pedestrians. Chopper 3 was over the scene just before 6 p.m. on 8th Street.

Police say two people were transported to the Atlantic City Trauma Center. Their conditions are not known at this time.

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The driver remained on scene.

How Ocean City Beach Patrol Prepares For New Summer Season

OCEAN CITY, N.J. (CBS) — As everything gets up and running in Ocean City, the Beach Patrol is also gearing up for a new summer season. CBS3 reporter Cleve Bryan has a unique connection.

With each boat they sand and equipment box they repair, the crew at the Ocean City Bach Patrol Boat House is thinking about summer and safety.

“We have guys back here who work really hard to keep those things repaired, keep them sea-worthy and also keep them safe for our guards and our public,” OCBP Senior Guard Paul Boardman said.

Before you see the rescue cans, paddle boards and surf boats out on the beach, each one has to be inspected to handle the rigors of daily summer use.

“We want to make sure we don’t have splinting and things like that,” Boardman said.

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Moving the dozens of boats, lifeguard stands, flags and more to all of the beaches where guards will use them all summer is another major operation. Then, of course, there’s making sure the guards are ready with physical fitness and first aid training.

“We have to get 186 employees ready to go out and be professionals,” OCBP Operations Chief Mark Jamieson said.

While re-certifying current staff, the Beach Patrol also prepares future guards for the rookie test with rowing clinics.

After nine years on the patrol, Samantha Brady is very proficient in the Van Duyne boat and didn’t mind letting a former guard like myself take it for a spin.

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“But it is a critical piece of live-saving equipment for bigger, multiple-victim rescues,” Brady said.

This was one of my favorite things to do back in the day — five of the best summers of my life.

“We’re an organization with a lot of tradition and pride. I have a responsibility to keep people safe,” Jamieson said.

‘Don’t Fry Day’ Preaches Sun Safety Ahead Of Memorial Day Weekend

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention calls the Friday before Memorial Day “Don’t Fry Day” to remind everyone about the importance of sun protection. Safe fun in the sun means protecting your skin from those harmful rays.

Sunscreen is a must as you head down the Jersey Shore for the unofficial start of the summer season this weekend.

“I like to use the creams more than the sprays,” Maclaine Coons said, “because I feel like they cover a little bit more.”

Coons says she always makes sure to apply plenty of sunscreen whenever she’s outside with her children.

“We know that the sun exposure that you have as a child is cumulative,” Dr. Melissa Piliang, a dermatologist, said, “and it adds up and that increases your risk of skin cancer later.”

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It’s the most common cancer in the United States with one in five Americans developing skin cancer in their lifetime.

While there are a lot of new standards and reviews of sunscreens, doctors say the best is the one you’ll use.

They recommend broad spectrum products that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide with an SPF of 30 or higher.

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It takes about one ounce or a shot glass full to cover the entire body.

“In order to get the SPF listed on the bottle, if you put the sunscreen on in a thinner layer, you don’t get the same amount of protection you think you are getting,” Piliang said.

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It’s critical not to miss any spots when applying.

“Areas that we may not think about,” Piliang said. “So tops of the feet, the lips. There was a recent study looking at application of sunscreen and people are very poor about the sunscreen around their eyes. Wearing sunglasses really gives you an extra layer of protection.”

The National Council is sending out this reminder on Don’t Fry Day.

Remember to slip, slop, slap and wrap when you’re outdoors – slip on a shirt, slop on broad spectrum sunscreen, slap on a wide-brimmed hat and wrap on sunglasses.