Missing Drexel University Student Found Dead In Los Angeles, Authorities Say

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police say a Drexel University student who went missing last week has been found dead in Los Angeles. Foul play is not suspected the death of 19-year-old Andrew Yun, according to police.

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Yun was a first-year student in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.

Yun was last seen around 3 a.m. last Wednesday at Drexel’s Towers Hall on the 100 block of North 34th Street, according to police.

New Jersey Salon Owner Arrested For Recording Customers In Tanning Beds, Authorities Say

NUTLEY, N.J. (CBS) — A New Jersey tanning salon owner has been arrested for recording customers in tanning beds, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office says. Martino Poli, 38, owner of Sun of a Beach salon in Nutley, was taken into custody on Wednesday.

The prosecutor’s office says a female customer reported she noticed a camera lens recording her while she was in a tanning bed.

On Wednesday, police searched the salon’s premises and recovered what is believed to be recording devices. Authorities say they also found cocaine and marijuana.

Poli has been charged with invasion of privacy, endangering the welfare of a child, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

He is being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark and has a detention hearing scheduled for June 19.

200 Dogs Rescued From ‘Massive Hoarding Situation’ At New Jersey Home, Authorities Say

FLEMINGTON, N.J. (CBS/AP) — Roughly 200 dogs have been rescued from what authorities say was a “massive hoarding situation” at a Hunterdon County, New Jersey home. Law enforcement officers and animal welfare groups went to the Flemington home Tuesday to remove the dogs.

Officials said the animals seemed to have had limited human contact and minimal to no veterinary care.

Many of the dogs were pregnant and/or had “masses and infections.”

The specific location of the home was not disclosed.

Officials say all of the animals will need of vaccinations and will be dewormed, microchipped, and spayed or neutered. The dogs were found in the home and in other buildings at the site.

Authorities haven’t identified the property owner or said whether anyone will face charges in the matter.

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‘Like An Earthquake’: Several Norristown Row Homes Collapse During Early Stages Of Demolition, Authorities Say

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – A building collapse in Norristown sent debris everywhere Tuesday. You can see the destruction from Chopper 3 as it flew overhead moments after it happened.

No one was injured in the collapse, but it does end a difficult chapter for the homes that stretches back six years.

A row of Norristown homes that was severely damaged by a fire in 2013, have now collapsed, spilling rubble and leaving debris scattered across the sidewalk.

“Like an earthquake. It moved the house — both houses, actually,” neighbor Frederico Trejo said.

Many gathered to look at the fallen homes. The owner of a neighboring damaged house says the borough never tried to rehab the homes after the fire six years ago.

That led to Tuesday, when police say contractors hired by the borough had just started working when one began to fall, taking three others with it.

“Oh, we were very lucky. There was three contractors on scene — one in the bucket and two walking around — and throughout the morning, they were on that sidewalk. So it was just by circumstances that they were not there when it collapsed,” Norristown assistant fire chief John Remillard said.

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Three of the four homes that collapsed are owned by Habitat for Humanity. Marianne Lynch says the organization had plans to purchase, demo and build affordable housing where the damaged homes once stood, but had trouble acquiring the house that started the collapse.

“We’re gonna get them cleaned up and get them demoed so that no one gets hurt. We want to get them down as quick as possible,” Lynch, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery and Delaware Counties, said.

Ten people, including two families have been displaced.

CBS3 reporter Dan Koob reports.

Employee Dead Following Construction Accident On Northeast Extension Of Pennsylvania Turnpike, Authorities Say

LOWER SALFORD, Pa. (CBS) — A person is dead following a construction accident on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Wednesday morning. It happened on the turnpike in Lower Salford, Montgomery County around 10 a.m.

Authorities say there was a fatality involving an employee of a contractor or a sub-contractor in a construction zone.

There is no word on how the person died.

Authorities say no passing vehicles were involved and traffic is not being impacted.

Stay with CBSPhilly.com for this developing story.

Lawyer Accused Of Killing His Child’s Mother, Fleeing To Cuba, Authorities Say

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An attorney is going to trial on charges that he shot and killed the mother of his child at her home in an upscale New Jersey suburb. He then fled to Cuba and was caught by customs authorities in Havana who had received an Interpol alert about him.

More than seven months after she was found dead at her Montclair home, Angela Bledsoe’s family and friends are still grappling with the violence that snuffed out a life that seemed blessed in so many ways.

“It’s a funny thing — you have done everything right, by the book, with your family and then there’s a roadblock,” her father, Ray Bledsoe, said through tears Monday at a pretrial hearing for his daughter’s boyfriend, James Ray III, who is charged with her murder. “Then you begin to question yourself: What could I have done? Should I have offered more advice? Should I have been there, been more protective?”

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Ray is charged with shooting and killing Bledsoe in their home in October. He is believed to have fled to Mexico and then Cuba. As he tried to go through customs in Havana, Ray was captured and turned over to U.S. authorities for extradition.

Ray didn’t speak at Monday’s brief hearing as attorneys updated state Superior Court Judge Ronald Wigler on the case’s status. Ray’s attorneys plan to argue that the shooting was in self-defense, and they said Monday they were in the process of enlisting a medical examiner and ballistics expert. Prosecutors have said Bledsoe was shot once in the jaw and three times in the back.

A trial could begin as early as late June.

Bledsoe left behind the 6-year-old daughter she had with Ray. The girl is living with Bledsoe’s sister, Lisa LaBoo, in the Orlando, Florida, area.

Bledsoe was president of her high school class in the Maryland suburbs of Washington and was an excellent student who had worked abroad for a time and was working as an independent financial consultant at the time of her death, her family said.

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“She was a beautiful person on the inside and the outside,” Lisa LaBoo said. “She was a dedicated mother, daughter, sister and friend to many, and we miss her very dearly.”

Bledsoe was deeply involved in alumni activities at Florida A&M University. The family on Monday announced the formation of an endowment to fund scholarships at the school. The goal is to reach $100,000 in donations by September, LaBoo said.

Ray’s capture came about after Cuban authorities received an alert from Interpol, the international police agency, the Cuban government said in a statement at the time.

While Cuba has refused to return to the U.S. fugitives to whom it gave political asylum in past decades, it has cooperated more frequently with the U.S. since the countries resumed diplomatic relations in 2014.

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Florida Woman Arrested Following Maryland Police Chase That Ended In Crash In Delaware, Authorities Say

NEWARK, Del. (CBS) – A Florida woman is behind bars after leading authorities in Maryland on a wild police chase that ended in a crash in Delaware. Police say 22-year-old Quelinda Hallam was wanted for stealing a red Ford Focus in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Police in Maryland spotted the stolen vehicle traveling northbound on I-95, heading into Delaware on Sunday night. That’s when the chase started but quickly ended in a crash on I-95 northbound, near Christiana Road in Newark.

Police say Hallam allegedly drove the stolen car into the Maryland Troopers’ vehicle, causing the crash.

Hallam and a 22-year-old male passenger were taken into custody. Both face multiple charges.

The Maryland Trooper sustained minor injuries. No one else was injured.

At Least 1 Person Hospitalized After Vehicle Overturns In Roxborough, Authorities Say

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – At least one person was hospitalized after authorities say a vehicle overturned in an accident. The crash happened around 6 p.m. on the 6800 block of Henry Avenue in Philadelphia’s Roxborough neighborhood on Sunday.

Officials say the driver of the overturned vehicle struck several parked cars before overturning his vehicle.

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It is unclear at this time how many people were injured, but at least one person was taken to an area hospital in unknown condition.

Authorities are investigating what caused the accident.

Suspect Shot By Police After Dragging Officer, Crashing Into Police Car During Traffic Stop, Authorities Say

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — What started as a traffic stop on the Temple University campus ended in gunfire involving a highway patrol officer. Police are now investigating what led to the shooting.

The officer-involved shooting happened at Broad and Norris Streets in North Philadelphia. The incident occurred around 11 p.m. Saturday night.

Officials say two officers saw a black Toyota sedan with a flat tire. When they approached the vehicle to offer help, at least one of the officers reported smelling marijuana and thought he saw a gun in the car.

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Police say the driver then became aggressive and began driving away, dragging one of the officers up the block. The driver then struck a SEPTA police car with a transit officer inside.

During the incident, police say one of the officers opened fire on the suspect, striking him in the forearm. The suspect was taken into custody,

The officer in the SEPTA car was taken to Temple University Hospital with what police say are non-life-threatening head injures. The officer that was dragged by the suspect is also expected to be okay.

An investigation in ongoing.

Man Dies By Suicide After Firing At Police During Foot Chase In Summerdale, Authorities Say

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia police say a man died by suicide after firing at two officers and fleeing the scene on foot Saturday night. His body was later found at the intersection of Bridge Street and Roosevelt Boulevard in the city’s Summerdale neighborhood.

According to police, two officers were en route to a domestic call at Sanger Street and Miriam Road when they were flagged down about a report of a man armed with a gun wearing a camouflage jacket on the 5600 block of Miriam Road around 6:32 p.m.

Authorities say the officers approached the man and then engaged pursuing him on foot.

During the pursuit, the man reached into his waistband, turned toward the officers and fired several shots, police say.

The officers were not injured but returned fire.

The investigation remains ongoing.

Stay with CBSPhilly.com for this developing story.

Man Arrested In Connection To 4-Alarm Fire That Devoured Thrifty Irishman In Port Richmond, Authorities Say

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A man has been arrested in connection to a four-alarm fire that devoured the Thrifty Irishman thrift store, authorities say. Joseph Wolbert, of Philadelphia, was charged with arson and other offenses, the ATF said Friday.

The fire happened on April 7 at the store located at 2226 E. Butler St. in Port Richmond and caused about $1.8 million in damages.

Officials did not release information on Wolbert’s potential connection to the store or possible motive.

The investigation remains ongoing but the fire has been classified to be incendiary, the ATF Philadelphia Arson and Explosives Task Force said.

More than 150 firefighters worked together to put out the blaze.

New Jersey State Police Trooper Facing Child Pornography Charges, Authorities Say

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — A New Jersey State Police trooper has been arrested and charged for possession of child pornography, officials say. According to police, 47-year-old Jeffrey Reitz traded emails with an adult woman where they exchanged sexually explicit photos, including one of a young girl.

Investigators say on Dec. 31, 2014, the trooper and the woman exchanged emails where she suggested that Reitz sexually assault a young girl. He allegedly then asked for a picture of the girl and the woman responded with the photo.

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According to authorities, Reitz’s participation was discovered as the result of evidence seizure in another investigation by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office.

If found guilty, Reitz could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.

Man From Mexico Arrested In Ohio After Abducting, Sexually Assaulting Teen Girl From New Jersey, Authorities Say

TOLEDO, Ohio (CBS/AP) — Authorities in Ohio arrested a man from Mexico who they say abducted and sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl from New Jersey. The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the girl found traveling with the man Tuesday on the Ohio Turnpike was listed in police databases as missing from Paterson, New Jersey.

Troopers say they arrested Juan Carlos Morales-Pedraza after a traffic stop near Toledo.

Authorities say he has been charged with abduction and will be in jail until he appears in court Thursday. It’s not clear if he has an attorney.

A state patrol official says the 33-year-old man was living in the country illegally and had been previously deported.

Troopers say the man was driving the girl to Chicago and they suspected and later confirmed she was sexually assaulted.

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Man Killed In Delaware Crash Involving Fire Truck, Authorities Say

MIDDLETOWN, D.E. (CBS)— Delaware State Police are investigating a crash involving a fire truck that left one man dead. The crash happened just before 8 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 301, just north of Bunker Hill Road.

Authorities say the fire truck was responding to assist on a previous crash, when it was struck from behind by a 2009 Acura TL.

The man driving the fire truck was uninjured but the driver of the Acura, a 57-year-old male was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Officials have not released the victim’s name at this time.

Northbound U.S. 301, just north of Bunker Hill Road, was closed for about 2 and a half hours while the scene was cleared.

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit are currently investigating the crash.

If you have any information contact Delaware Police at 1-800-842-8461.

 

Person Suspected Of Playing Role In Mechanic’s Fatal Shooting In Custody Following Police Chase, Authorities Say

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A police chase Friday ended with a crash on Bridge Street in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. Eyewitness News has learned a person suspected of playing a role in the fatal shooting of a mechanic in Wissinoming was taken into custody following the chase.

It’s unclear if the person taken into custody is the shooter.

Michael Gleba, 56, was killed by a stray bullet in front of his auto repair shop, Northeast Speedometer Service Auto Shop.

Stay with CBSPhilly.com for this developing story.