Police Searching For 2 Suspects Who Robbed A Popeyes Restaurant In Hunting Park

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police want your help to catch two suspects who robbed a Popeyes restaurant on North Broad Street. The robbery happened on Feb. 13 around 10:40 p.m.

The suspects jumped the counter and took money from a safe and cash registers.

Both suspects took off in a small white sedan.

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No one was injured.

Wells Fargo Center Shows Off Plans For Massive Overhaul Of Main Concourse

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After an overhaul of the upper deck last summer, the Wells Fargo Center’s main concourse will get its renovations in 2019. The upgrades will include 8,000 brand new lower bowl seats, redesigned concession stands and a grab-and-go craft beer boutique.

The Wells Fargo Center announced the next stage of the $250 million renovations Tuesday. The upgrades will be finished by the fall of 2019.

“The Wells Fargo Center is Philadelphia’s home for excitement, where our favorite athletes and artists perform amazing feat,” Wells Fargo Center said in a statement. “Our arena upgrades are designed to match the excitement on the ice, court, and concert stage—lifting the fan experience to a higher level.”

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The redesign will also add 4,000 square feet, more social spaces, a complete overhaul of the concourse and a renovated box office.

Credit: Wells Fargo Center

Check out the craft beer boutique.

Credit: Wells Fargo Center

A new social space and food-hall style market will be added.

Credit: Wells Fargo Center

The Cure Club will also get a makeover, with a full-service bar and expanded seating.

“The upcoming Main Concourse renovations will undoubtedly enhance the overall fan experience,” said Mike Scanlon, Senior Vice President & General Manager for the Wells Fargo Center. “These upgrades were designed with a focus on expanding options for every type of fan and advancing points of service throughout the arena. Our goal is to allow every customer to have their own custom experience, tailored to their tastes, in a dynamic atmosphere.”

More than 15,000 square feet of LED technology will be installed along the concourse and will react in real-time to the action on the ice and court.

The announcement comes a week after the stadium announced plans to build a state-of-the-art scoreboard, coming this fall.

Check out the full plans here.

Philadelphia Weather: PennDOT Crews Treating Roads, Impose Vehicle Restrictions Ahead Of Winter Storm

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — PennDOT crews are treating the roads and have imposed vehicle restrictions on certain roadways ahead of Wednesday’s winter storm.

PennDOT crews spent much of Tuesday salting and brining the roadways to help prevent snow from forming. They expect most of the work to be completed around 10 p.m., except I-76, I-476 and Route 422, as those roadways will be treated throughout the evening. PennDOT will also be activating anti-icing vehicles.

Philadelphia Weather: Winter Storm To Drop Snow, Sleet, Freezing Rain Across Region

“They need to slow and give the brine trucks room to do their job. This is why 476, 76 and 422 are some of our major routes, and we send the guys out at nighttime because it’s impossible to do in the daytime with the amount of traffic in this region,” said Jim Brown, maintenance manager for PennDOT Montgomery County.

PennDOT is not concerned about running out of salt because they have 100,000 tons on hand.

Officials are reminding drivers to make sure the snow is cleared off the vehicles before they hit the road and to give plow truck drivers plenty of room on the roadways.

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Both PennDOT and PA Turnpike are advising motorists to monitor weather conditions as vehicle restrictions are being implemented ahead of the storm.

At 6 a.m. Wednesday, a full commercial vehicle ban, including buses, will be in place on I-70 in Fulton County — from the Maryland state line to the Turnpike — and I-99 from I-80 to the Turnpike.

Also at 6 a.m. Wednesday, on I-80 from I-79 to the I-99 interchange and on the Turnpike from New Stanton (exit 75) east to Carlisle (exit 226), the following vehicles will be prohibited:

  • empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks;
  • all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers);
  • tractors hauling empty trailers;
  • any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs;
  • all motorcycles; and
  • all recreational vehicles and RVs.

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At noon on Wednesday, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike will prohibit only empty, straight CDL-weighted trucks; all Large Combination Vehicles (double trailers); tractors hauling empty trailers; any trailers pulled by motorcycles, passenger vehicles, pickup trucks or SUVs; all motorcycles; and all recreational vehicles and RVs on the following roadways:

  • PA Turnpike (I-76, I-276) from I-81 to I-95 (Exit 43);
  • I-76 (Turnpike and non-Turnpike, New Stanton to Philadelphia);
  • I-78 full length from I-81 to the New Jersey state line;
  • I-80 from I-99 to the New Jersey state line;
  • I-81 from the Maryland state line to the New York state line;
  • I-83 from the Maryland state line to I-81;
  • I-84 full length from I-81 to the New York state line;
  • I-176;
  • I-180 full length from Route 220/U.S. 15 to I-80;
  • I-276; PA Turnpike
  • I-283;
  • I-295;
  • I-380 full length from I-81 to I-80;
  • I-476 (non-Turnpike, full length);
  • I-476 (PA Turnpike, Northeast Ext.) from Mid County (exit 20) to Clarks Summit (exit 131);
  • I-676;
  • Route 22 from I-78 to the New Jersey state line; and
  • Route 33 from I-78 to I-80.

A 45 mph speed restriction may be in place on all roadways during those timeframes.

Philadelphia Weather: Winter Storm To Drop Snow, Sleet, Freezing Rain Across Region

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A winter weather advisory is in effect for Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs, with the exception of Chester and western Montgomery counties, where a winter storm warning is in effect.

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A potent and moisture laden storm system is set to impact the region tomorrow through tomorrow night. Prepare for an array of precipitation types from snow to sleet, freezing rain and rain.

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First to arrive will be the snow, overspreading the area from southwest to northeast during the mid- to late-morning hours. The afternoon will feature steady snow, which could be heavy at times.

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As warm mid-level air moves in during the early evening hours, we’ll see a transition from snow to sleet and freezing rain. Expect a wintry mix, the intensity of which could also be heavy at times, during the evening commute.

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The last stage will entail a change-over to rain during mid- to late-evening. Most should be seeing all rain by 9 p.m. Rain will continue through the overnight, finally wrapping up early Thursday morning. Areas of rain may linger for the first half of the morning commute.

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A snowfall accumulation range of 2 to 4 inches is likely across much of the region, and it appears Philadelphia will be on the higher end, closer to 4 inches of snow.

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We’re expecting the highest totals across portions of Chester, Montgomery, and Delaware Counties, as well as New Castle County, Delaware, where 4 to 6 inches of snow is likely.

Crews Working To Free Person Trapped Under Backhoe At King Of Prussia Construction Site

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KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (CBS) — Crews are working to free a person who got trapped under a backhoe at a construction site in King of Prussia.

Authorities say a backhoe was digging a hole on the 100 block of Cinnamon Hill Road when the person got stuck under the equipment.

Authorities did not say how the person got stuck under the backhoe.

It’s not known yet how serious the person’s injuries are.

Stay with CBSPhilly.com for this developing story.

Second Pediatric Flu Death Of Season Confirmed In New Jersey

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TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — A second child in New Jersey has died from flu complications, the state’s Health Department announced Tuesday. On Friday, the department confirmed the flu was a contributing factor in the death of a toddler.

The toddler died earlier this month, but a review of lab results confirmed the flu was a contributing factor.

“This sad news is a reminder that children, the elderly, and people with certain health conditions are at high risk for serious flu complications,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal. “Flu activity remains high throughout the state. Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the illness.”

1 Dead After Fiery Crash Involving Tractor-Trailer In Moorestown, New Jersey

In late December, a child from Central Jersey died from flu complications — the first pediatric flu death this season.

The department recommends that people take necessary precautions during flu season: washing hands frequently, covering any coughs and sneezes and staying home if you are sick.

Man Arrested In DUI Crash That Killed Woman In Upper Chichester, Say Police

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UPPER CHICHESTER, Pa. (CBS) –
A man has been arrested in connection to a fatal DUI crash that happened in Upper Chichester on Saturday. The head-on crash claimed the life of a female passenger.

Investigators say David Strowhouer was driving under the influence when he lost control of his Dodge Ram pickup truck, crossed over the double yellow line and struck a Subaru head-on. The crash happened on the 3300 block of Market Street at the CSX Bridge, just after 9 p.m.

A female passenger in the Subaru died at the scene. The driver of the Subaru was taken to the hospital with injuries.

Police say Strowhouer was driving with a suspended license at the time of the crash and had five prior DUI convictions.

Strowhouer was arrested and charged with DUI and homicide by vehicle.

Man Arrested In DUI Crash That Killed Female Passenger In Upper Chichester, Say Police

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Philadelphia Man ID’d In Fatal Fall Near Vegas High Roller, Police Say

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LAS VEGAS (CBS/AP) — Las Vegas police have identified a man who fell to his death after entering an unauthorized area near an observation wheel on the Strip. The Clark County Coroner’s office confirmed Tuesday that 23-year-old Stefan Quinton Jones-Green, of Philadelphia, suffered fatal injuries when he fell Friday.

The cause of death remains pending.

According to police, the incident appears to be an accident.

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Lt. Richard Meyers says investigators believe Jones-Green went into the off-limits loading area of the High Roller Observation Wheel.

Police say he was running around when he fell 50 feet (15 meters) from a set of stairs.

He was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

All Philadelphia Public, Archdiocesan Schools Will Be Closed On Wednesday

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — All School District of Philadelphia schools will be closed Wednesday as a winter storm is scheduled to hit the area. All Archdiocesan high schools and Parochial elementary schools will also be closed on Wednesday.

The school district says the decision was made due to snowy conditions that will make it difficult to travel.

Philadelphia Weather: Winter Storm Expected To Hit Region Wednesday

All after-school activities scheduled for Wednesday are cancelled as well. All District early childhood centers will also be closed.

Multiple Injuries Reported After Bus, Tractor-Trailer Collide On New Jersey Turnpike

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MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (CBS) – Multiple people have been injured after a bus and tractor-trailer collided on the New Jersey Turnpike in Mount Laurel on Tuesday. The crash happened just after 12:30 p.m. on the northbound lanes of the turnpike, north of exit 4/Route 73.

Burlington County dispatchers say the injuries are believed to be minor in nature. No word on how many people were injured.

The right and center lanes of the turnpike are blocked.

Stay with CBSPhilly.com for more on this developing story.

1 Dead After Fiery Crash Involving Tractor-Trailer In Moorestown, New Jersey

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MOORESTOWN, N.J. (CBS) – One person has died after a fiery crash involving a car and a tractor-trailer in Burlington County. The accident happened behind the Marshall & HomeGoods on the 400 block of Route 38 and in front of the Moorestown Mall on Tuesday.

The crash happened after 12 p.m. with both vehicles catching on fire.

Police say the blaze possibly extended to the building.

No word what caused the crash.

Stay with CBSPhilly.com for this developing story.

Litter Free Philly Makes Push To Ban Plastic Bags In Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There’s a new push to ban plastic bags in Philadelphia. The group “Litter Free Philly” launched a new campaign Monday to outlaw single-use plastic bags, like the ones you get at the grocery store.

The goal is to reduce all plastic litter and open dumping in city neighborhoods. Members are asking city council to reintroduce and pass legislation that would ban single-use plastic bags and would encourage reusable checkout bags.

“Use less single-use plastic bags, that’s what is getting snatched in out branches and end up in our storm drains and rivers, and it kills off all the fish in the ocean,” said Meenal Raval, with Sierra Club, Southeastern Pennsylvania Group. “So no, we’re not standing for that anymore. We don’t want the free bags, we have reusable bags.”

Previous efforts to outlaw the bags have failed in city council.

There are efforts to ban plastic bags in many cities across the country.

 

‘This Is Unacceptable’: Trash Finally Picked Up At Camden Apartment Complex After Weeks Dealing With Overflowing Dumpsters

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CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — It was a welcome sight for residents of a South Jersey apartment complex as the trash was finally picked up Tuesday morning at the Crestbury Apartments in Camden after dumpsters were overflowing. Camden County and city officials are now taking action against a corporate landlord.

The sound of trash trucks early in the morning was a welcome one for tenants after weeks of dealing with smelly, overflowing piles of trash at more than 30 dumpsters throughout the complex.

“My trash can that’s in the kitchen is full, and we don’t know what to do because we don’t want to keep adding and adding and adding to this stuff,” said tenant Melvin Ravels.

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Camden County and city officials say the property manager of the apartments, WinnResidential, stopped paying tipping fees to Waste Management for trash services. Trash removal then came to a halt.

“It’s not up to par, it’s not, and for us to be paying rent and the trash company is supposed to be paid out of our rent? Why is it not getting dumped?” asked tenant Arica Holmes.

While city crews helped Waste Management clean up the excess trash, Camden Mayor Frank Moran said this is only the beginning of action at this complex.

“This is unacceptable. I will be going back to my office and reaching out to the ownership,” said Moran. “One thing we are going to do, is we’re going to mobilize, which we have, and whatever costs we’re going to incur, we’re going to bill them and more importantly, I’m throwing the book at them.”

City and county health inspectors arrived at the complex Tuesday morning to investigate the trash issue and other health hazards, tenants say, are widespread.

“Not just the trash, the house,” said Holmes. “They won’t fix anything, it’s disgusting.”

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A spokesman says the county is also planning a course of action against the landlord who, he says, currently has seven different cases in the local court system for infractions inside the units.

WinnResidential said in a statement, “We apologize to residents of Crestbury Apartments for the one-week delay in trash collection at the property. The trash collection problem occurred when we recently switched contractors in order to improve service. As of this morning, all trash has been collected and the dumpster areas on the property have been cleaned up. Issues with the new contractor have been resolved. Going forward, dumpsters on the property will be emptied four times a week, instead of three times a week. In addition, we are working with the contractor to determine whether more dumpsters or larger dumpsters should be placed on the property. These steps will prevent problems like this from happening again. We appreciate the patience of residents and we apologize again for any inconvenience this situation may have caused.”

Ex-Philadelphia Police Officer Arrested On Charges He Sexually Assaulted Witnesses, Suspects

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A former Philadelphia police officer has been arrested on allegations that he sexually assaulted male witnesses and suspects over more than a decade.

A spokesman for the Philadelphia District Attorney confirmed that 52-year-old Philip Nordo was arrested Tuesday morning and was scheduled to be arraigned in the multi-count grand jury presentment Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities allege that Nordo used his position to intimidate and groom male suspects and witnesses into sexual encounters. The heavily redacted presentment contains roughly 35 charges related to three victims including rape, stalking and sexual assault.

Nordo was fired in 2017 after an allegation was received that he improperly paid a witness and had fraternized with people connected to criminal conduct.

A phone call to an attorney previously listed for Nordo was not immediately returned Tuesday.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press.

Boyz II Men To Perform At Temple University Hospital’s Acres Of Diamonds Gala

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The iconic Philadelphia R&B group Boyz II Men are coming home again in 2019. Boyz II Men will headline Temple University Hospital’s Acres of Diamonds Gala on May 11 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.

Boyz II Men, who’ve won four Grammy Awards, celebrated the 25th anniversary of “II,” their 1994 hit, on Saturday with their first concert at The Met Philadelphia, which opened Dec. 3, 2018.

“II” sold more than 12 million copies in the United States.

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The Philadelphia group, currently consisting of Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris, have sold over 64 million albums. Their last, “Under the Streetlight,” was released in October 2017.

The Acres of Diamonds Gala is Temple University Hospital’s largest fundraiser. This year’s gala will be its 66th annual event.

“This event is a great opportunity to bring together hundreds of Temple Health and Temple University Hospital’s biggest advocates for a great night out in support of the vital mission of Temple University Hospital and the dedicated staff members who carry out that mission every day,” said Larry Kaiser, president and CEO of Temple University Health System.

In 2018, the fundraiser raised its highest mark yet, topping $1.4 million.

For tickets and more information about the gala, head over to its official website: tuhgala.com.