PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Thursday morning will begin with a few lingering showers from the front moving through the night before. Highs will be in the 80s and a lot of moisture in the air will cause it to feel oppressive outside.
By the afternoon, Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs of New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware will be under a slight risk of severe weather. Strong to severe storms will occur after 2 p.m. into the evening hours.
The greatest threat is damaging winds, but heavy rainfall, frequent lightening and the chance for an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
Wet roads and heavy rainfall will impact your commute home tomorrow evening, so make sure to plan accordingly and drive safe.
By Friday, expect a mix of sun and clouds as temperatures near 80 degrees. Dew points will be lower than Thursday, initiating comfortable conditions.
Starting Friday, we will have a dry, sunny weekend, which is a perfect start to summer.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Summertime, summer, summertime is the time to sit back and unwind, but it’s also time to enjoy Philadelphian’s favorite holiday, Hoagiefest. While summer officially begins Friday, Wawa’s Hoagiefest starts on Monday – with a musical twist.
Wawa is introducing a Spotify playlist and Hoagiefest music videos to accompany their annual summer hoagie sale in 2019. Hoagiefest fans can now take some Wawa jingles on the road to the shore or the gym with a four-song playlist featuring “H.O.A.G.I.E.F.E.S.T,” “Love at the Wawa,” “Ya Ya” and “I95.”
The artists include The Meatball Mann, Shorti K, Prov-Alone, The Secret Menus and T-Junior.
From June 24 to July 18, Wawa is offering customers an opportunity to win Hoagiefest-themed prize packs and a chance to appear in the company’s final Hoagiefest music video by sharing their own take on the Hoagiefest “Ya Ya” video signature dance.
The company says the songs are made for “hoagie lovers of all ages but with a warning to consumers – the touch screen ‘Extra Cheese’ button was purposely pushed while making some of these fun summertime songs.”
Hoagiefest begins Monday and runs through Aug. 11. During Hoagiefest, a junior hoagie will cost $3, $4 for a shorti and $5 for a classic.
HACKENSACK, N.J. (CBS) – An Uber Eats delivery driver has been arrested after police say he was caught masturbating while making a food delivery. The incident happened around 4:45 p.m. last Thursday, June 13, in Hackensack.
Police say 31-year-old Vinicius Porto was observed masturbating in the front seat of his 2016 black Ford Explorer after making a delivery to a 23-year-old woman.
The woman received an unstapled bag from Porto, which she found as odd, and approached him while he was in his car parked outside of her home, police say.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The percentages say that the Philadelphia 76ers aren’t going to be getting a game-changing player with the No. 24 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft on Thursday. But the Sixers could come up with a player available there that may be able to help them during the 2019-20 season.
Here’s a thumbnail look at five possibilities:
Matisse Thybulle: 6-foot-5 forward, Washington
Thybulle is a role player extraordinaire that could fit nicely into the Sixers’ needs. He’s not much of a scorer, but scouting reports say that he’s very good on defense. He had 82 blocked shots and 126 steals last season. He has a 7-foot wingspan and possesses the kind of athleticism where he can cover large areas of the court. Thybulle is a two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. He finished his college career breaking Gary Payton’s age-old record for most career steals in Pac-12 history (331).
Cameron Johnson: 6-foot-8 forward, North Carolina
Johnson appears to be mentioned as often as Thybulle at 24 for the Sixers. He’s a 6-8 shooter who uses an economy of motion to get his shots off. He can either pull up or can shoot while guarded. He not only possesses a good shot, but also a quick release. The problem the Sixers face is whether or not he’ll fall to 24.
Kevin Porter Jr.: 6-foot-6 guard, USC
He could be the most intriguing player in the first round. He also may have the most polarizing projection: Turn into a major star, or fizzle out like so many other promising talents with dubious histories. Porter has been compared to James Harden for his stepback jumper. But there is something that may keep him around for the Sixers at 24 and that’s the label of “off-court issues.” He was suspended this past season at USC for an undisclosed conduct issue. He can be an All-Star, or he can be a bust. Or, another team selecting earlier may be willing to take a chance on him.
KZ Okpala: 6-foot-8 forward, Stanford
Many mock drafts have Okpala going sooner than 24. For someone 6-foot-8, he possesses a great handle and can create his own shot. He needs work, however. His game is not complete, with added work on his outside shot and there are some questions about his defensive ability at the NBA level.
Luguentz Dort: 6-foot-4 guard, Arizona State
Canada is the basketball capital of the world these days, and Dort is more proof that hoops is a big deal up north. Actually, Dort comes from a little further up north than Toronto. The Montreal native is a bundle of energy, and he loves playing defense. He’s considered one of the better defensive guards in the draft. He has the same problem a few other Sixers have—he has no outside shot. If he’s taken by the Sixers, he may be asked to shoot. Brett Brown can give him the task of being the team’s designated shut-down defender off the bench. Dort may be available at 24.
PALMYRA BOROUGH, N.J. (CBS) – The Palmyra Borough Police Department has been evacuated after a letter containing white powder was opened. The incident happened at approximately 3:30 p.m. at the police station, located at 20 W. Broad St., in Burlington County on Wednesday.
Hazmat technicians are on the scene evaluating the substance.
Chopper 3 was over the scene as crews were investigating.
There are no reports of injuries or anyone being transported to the hospital.
Stay with CBSPhilly.com for this developing story.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross announced Wednesday that 72 officers are on administrative duty, and that some of them might be terminated, for alleged racist and violent social media posts. Hundreds of Philadelphia police officers have been accused of these type of social media posts.
Ross spoke after meeting with organizers of the Rally for Justice protest on Wednesday afternoon.
“We’ve talked about from the outset how disturbing, how disappointing and upsetting these posts are and how they will undeniably impact police-community relations and we’re not naïve to that fact and nor are we dismissive of it,” Ross said.
The protest organizers want all of the nearly 330 officers accused of racist and violent posts on social media assigned to desk duty, pending an investigation.
The commissioner says the independent law firm helping to conduct the investigation is continuing to do its work.
Plain View Project, a watchdog group, discovered the controversial posts of police officers who work in Philadelphia and in other cities around the country.
Fraternal Order of Police President John McNesby said in a statement, “The FOP will continue to represent members in this overly-broad social-media investigation. We’ve been informed that those officers under investigation will be interviewed within days of being notified and will be returned to duty shortly thereafter. The FOP and our members utilize social media on a regular basis to bring people together and support one another. It is sad that the investigators with the ‘social justice’ group chose to ignore all the good work done regularly by our officers. During this difficult climate in which police officers are constantly under attack, the FOP will continue to support you.”
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (CBS) — A Pennsylvania woman says she found a dead bird inside canned spinach while she was making dinner. Cherie Lyons, of Chambersburg, posted photos to Facebook last week of the dead animal she says she found inside a can of Del Monte leaf spinach.
Lyons told the York Daily Record it took her a couple of minutes to realize it was a bird at the bottom of the canned spinach.
“I immediately felt like I was going to vomit,” she told the York Daily Record. “I was sick for the next whole day.”
Lyons claims when she reached out to Del Monte, the company offered her a $10 check and asked for the bird to be sent back to them.
“When I called the company, they acted like they didn’t believe me,” she explained to the York Daily Record.
Del Monte said it is investigating the matter.
“Del Monte Foods is committed to providing high quality, safe and nutritious foods. We are working with the consumer to gather more information and investigate the matter. We implement strict controls throughout our operations to ensure our products meet the highest levels of quality, safety, and purity,” the company told York Daily Record.
Lyons has not yet sent the bird back to Del Monte and has reached out to lawyers.
AVONDALE, Pa. (CBS) – Authorities in Chester County are investigating an animal cruelty case after numerous animals were found tortured and others dead on a property in Upper Oxford Township. Police say the animals were discovered shortly before 10:30 p.m. on the 100 block of Street Road on Tuesday.
Police say the animals were found after they were dispatched on a welfare check of children who were playing in the roadway.
According to police, when officers arrived on scene they came across the abused and deceased animals on the property where the children resided.
Police are investigating the incident and are holding a press conference at 3 p.m.
Stay with CBSPhilly.com for this developing story.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The will he or won’t he is finally over. Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher officially has his second-line center.
The Flyers on Wednesday signed center Kevin Hayes to a seven-year contract extension worth a $50 million with a $7.14 million annual average value.
Hayes is coming off a career season in which he scored 55 points in 71 games split between the New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets.
Now signed, Hayes figures to slot in as the Flyers’ 2-C behind Sean Couturier and ahead of Nolan Patrick. It allows Claude Giroux to move back to left wing, where he believes he’s best suited for at this point in his career, and allows Patrick to develop at the NHL level with less pressure.
“He brings a solid 200-foot game,” Fletcher said of Hayes on June 10. “He has been a very good penalty killer in this league. He plays well away from the puck. He understands the game, he has hockey sense. He can contribute offensively. We gave up 281 goals last year, we have to get better.”
“I think he’s a guy who’s familiar with our coach and our coach is familiar with him,” Fletcher added. “That will help. There shouldn’t be any learning curve. “He should step in seamlessly. I don’t think there is anything more to say than that he helps us on both ends of the ice.”
The 27-year-old Hayes played four seasons, from 2014 to 2018, under Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault while both were with the Rangers. He registered a career high 25 goals under Vigneault in 2017-18.
During his five-year career, Hayes has averaged 18 goals and 45 points but is coming off a career season. The Flyers hope Hayes can duplicate the success he had last season. Still, Hayes has been a productive NHL player with tremendous size at 6-foot-5 and respectable skating ability for his stature.
At the minimum, Hayes provides the Flyers with center depth that they didn’t have last season.
Fletcher acquired Hayes’ negotiating rights from Winnipeg in exchange for a fifth-round pick on June 3, a move that allowed the Flyers to sell themselves to the center before he could reach free agency on July 1. It worked.
With a second-line center locked up and two veteran D-men with a history of playing big minutes, the summer of Fletcher is taking shape. The Flyers still have to sign a backup goalie to pair up Carter Hart and take care of their restricted free agents – notably Ivan Provorov, Travis Konecny and Travis Sanheim.
The Flyers have the No. 11 pick in Friday’s NHL draft and eight total picks this weekend. With Fletcher open to moving his first-round pick, it could be another busy week for the orange and black.
Stay tuned. Perhaps the Flyers are just getting started.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Amtrak says passengers can expect residual delays this afternoon after an overhead power issue affected trains leaving New York and coming into Philadelphia on Wednesday morning. The issue, which was reported around 10:30 a.m., left several passengers stuck on New Jersey Transit and Amtrak trains for nearly an hour with no power and no air conditioning, according to sister station CBS2.
Service Disruption: Trains traveling between New York (NYP) and North Phiadelphia (PHN) are now stopped due to overhead power issues. We will update as more information becomes available.
NJ TRANSIT Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line, and Midtown Direct rail service is suspended in both directions due to Amtrak overhead wire problems. Midtown Direct service is being diverted to Hoboken.
The issue which reportedly originated in the area of Trenton and Philadelphia was resolved but caused delays on Amtrak, New Jersey Transit and on SEPTA.
Trenton: Amtrak's power problems have been resolved. Trains are now operating to and from Trenton. Train #9735 will operate to Trenton. Train #738 will be the first departure from Trenton at the scheduled time of 12:50 PM. Expect some residual delays at this time.
AVENEL, N.J. (CBS/CNN) — The family of one of the American tourists who died in the Dominican Republic in recent months wants pathologists in the United States to examine his body for a cause of death, his brother told CNN on Wednesday. Joseph Allen, 55, of New Jersey, was found dead last week in his hotel room in the Dominican Republic, his family said, making him at least the ninth U.S. tourist to die at a Dominican Republic resort, or after becoming ill at one, over the past 13 months.
Preliminary autopsy results suggest Allen suffered from cardiac arrest, and there we no signs of violence, according to a report Dominican authorities gave to CNN.
But a doctor had just given Allen a clean bill of health during a physical, his brother, Jason Allen, told CNN’s “New Day,” adding that he is having a hard time understanding how Joseph could have died suddenly. The family is arranging for the body to return to the U.S.
“If we don’t feel like we’re getting the help we need from (Dominican authorities) and the answers we need from them, we’d like to get some kind of testing done on American soil by American doctors to help us to understand what could have been the cause of my brother’s death,” Jason Allen said Wednesday.
The spate of deaths has left many Americans wondering if they should cancel their upcoming trips to the Caribbean paradise.
Officials in the Dominican Republic have called the deaths isolated events as they work to reassure travelers their country is safe.
Of the nine Americans who have died at a Dominican Republic resort or after becoming ill at one since June 2018, it’s not clear how many owed to natural causes.
“In the last five years, over 30 million tourists have visited the Dominican Republic, but this is the first time the international media report such an alarming situation,” Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia said earlier this month. “These are isolated incidents, and the Dominican Republic is a safe destination.”
What we know about Joseph Allen’s death
Joseph Allen was a repeat guest of the Hotel Terra Linda in the coastal Dominican city of Sosua, and he was there last week with friends, Jason Allen told HLN on Tuesday. The resort was Joseph Allen’s spot, “his Cheers,” the brother said, referring to the legendary sitcom pub.
Friends say Allen was complaining about being hot at the pool. He went to take a shower and lie down for the night, and was found dead the next day.
“He complained about being really hot,” Jason Allen told CNN. “His friend looked at him — he was sweating bullets. (Joseph) took a shower, cooled off, said he felt a lot better.
“He was going to hang out that night (but) decided, ‘You know what, I feel better, but I don’t feel well enough to go hang out, so I’m just going to relax in the room and read.’”
Hotel staff found him dead in his room early Thursday after friends expressed concern that he hadn’t met up with them that morning, his sister, Jaimie Reed, told CNN.
Jason Allen has no reason to believe his brother was killed intentionally, he said. But he wonders if anything at the hotel — the air, the drinks — contributed to his death.
“What I do know is that I want no one and their family to endure what we’re enduring right now,” he told HLN.
At least 9 died on vacation
Besides Joseph Allen on June 13, the deaths of American citizens during or after stays at Dominican Republic resorts in the last 13 months include these cases:
• Leyla Cox, 53, of New York City, died June 10 in her room at the Excellence Resorts in Punta Cana.
The cause of death was heart attack, the hotel stated, citing a forensics report. CNN has not independently confirmed the contents of the report.
Cox’s son expressed doubts over the hotel’s claims about his mother’s cause of death, saying he did not believe she died from “natural causes.”
• Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, of Pennsylvania, and, days later, Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Day, 49, a couple from Maryland, died in May at the Grand Bahia Principe in La Romana.
Schaup-Werner died in her hotel room after having a drink from the minibar, family spokesman Jay McDonald told CNN affiliate WFMZ. She suffered a heart attack, pulmonary edema and respiratory failure, a preliminary autopsy cited by the Attorney General’s Office of the Dominican Republic showed. The death remains under investigation, and toxicology results are pending.
At the same hotel, Holmes and Day were found dead in their hotel room on May 30. Both had internal bleeding, including in their pancreases, according to Dominican authorities. Holmes had an enlarged heart and cirrhosis of the liver — both signs of significant pre-existing disease, the Dominican authorities said, and Day also had fluid in her brain.
Holmes and Day also had fluid in their lungs, Attorney General Jean Alain Rodriguez Sanchez’s office said in a statement.
Authorities won’t provide more details on the causes of the couple’s deaths until toxicology results are completed, they said.
The FBI is assisting in further toxicology analysis of the three deaths that took place at the Bahia Principe in La Romana, and the results could take up to a month, the US Embassy in Santo Domingo said last week.
• John Corcoran, the brother of “Shark Tank” TV star Barbara Corcoran, died at the end of April in his hotel room in the Dominican Republic, according to a statement from his sister.
“He passed away from what is believed to be natural causes,” the statement said. “He loved and frequently visited the Dominican Republic.”
• Robert Wallace, 67, died on April 12 after becoming ill April 12 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, relatives told CNN affiliate KTXL. Wallace became sick after drinking scotch from a minibar, Tommy Tickenhoff, his son-in-law, told the station.
• David Harrison, 45, died in July 2018 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, according to his widow, Dawn McCoy. This is the same place where Wallace would fall ill nine months later.
Harrison said he wasn’t feeling well when he returned from a snorkeling excursion, McCoy said. The next morning, he was sweating and unable to get up before he died. The cause of death was listed as a heart attack and pulmonary edema by local authorities.
• Yvette Monique Sport, of Pennsylvania, died in June 2018 at the Bahia Principe hotel in Punta Cana, her sister told CNN.
After having drinks with her fiance, Sport took a shower and went to bed, Felecia Nieves said. She also had a drink from the minibar. Her fiance heard her make “a gurgling sound” in her sleep, Nieves said. The next morning, he discovered she was dead, Nieves said. The family is still awaiting toxicology reports.
Officials say destination is safe
Officials in the Dominican Republican or the US have not said the deaths are connected.
The State Department has a standing travel advisory for the Dominican Republic, urging travelers to have caution because of crime, but it has not issued a travel alert specific to the traveler deaths.
From 2012 to 2018, 128 Americans died in the Dominican Republic from something other than natural causes, according to US State Department statistics. That averages about 18 annually.
The Dominican Republic is one of the Caribbean’s top tourism destinations, with more than 6 million stopover tourists last year, including 2.2 million Americans, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization.
Jamaica (1.6 million) and the Bahamas (1.3 million) were second and third, respectively, among Caribbean nations for the number of stopover American tourists in 2018, the CTO says.
In Jamaica, 135 American tourists died from something other than natural causes from 2012 to 2018, according to the US State Department. The number for the same time period in the Bahamas was 107.
The Dominican Republic is the “largest, fastest growing, tourism destination of the Insular Caribbean,” government spokesman Roberto Rodriguez Marchena said in a video, adding that 14 million Americans have visited since 2012.
“In the last five years, over 30 million tourists have visited the Dominican Republic, but this is the first time the international media report such an alarming situation,” Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia said this month. “These are isolated incidents and the Dominican Republic is a safe destination.”
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Federal authorities are investigating how more than 33,000 pounds of cocaine ended up on a ship that docked at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia. Officials say the cocaine is worth over $1 billion.
Federal court records obtained by CBS3 reveal two men are charged in connection to the massive smuggling operation. They’re identified as Ivan Durasevic and Fonofaavae Tiasaga. Further information about the pair was not released.
Yesterday, I boarded the MSC Gayane with Chief of Narcotics Karen Marston, Deputy Chief Jerome Maiatico, PIO @jen_crandall and @ICEgov officials to visit the crime scene where approximately 16 tons of cocaine was seized. pic.twitter.com/RiN9auiABz
The MSC Gayane had last been in the Bahamas and was destined for the Netherlands before federal authorities raided the boat discovering 16.5 tons of cocaine.
Before coming to Philadelphia, the Mediterranean Shipping Company ship was previously in the Bahamas, Panama, Peru and Colombia. The ship was on its way to the Netherlands.
Court documents outline the cocaine was apparently loaded onto the ship by the bale-full, delivered to MSC Gayane by six separate boats in the middle of the night after leaving Peru.
Additional boats approached the ship, it’s alleged, delivering more cocaine. The drugs were then concealed in containers.
According to the complaint, Durasevic admitted his role to authorities in bringing cocaine onto the vessel after being offered $50,000 by the chief officer.
“According to Durasevic, upon leaving Peru on this current voyage, he got a call from the chief officer to come down to the deck, at which time he saw nets on the port side stern by the ship’s crane. Durasevic and approximately four other individuals, some of whom were wearing ski masks, assisted in the pushing of the nets towards Hold Seven or Eight of the vessel. The nets contained blue or black bags with handles. Two or three crew members assisted in loading the cocaine into containers. The whole process took approximately 30 to 40 minutes,” court documents say.
Federal authorities continue to go through containers as they believe there could be more drugs on the ship.