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  • Fire Destroys 4 Homes in Horsham 55+ Community

    HORSHAM, PA – On Friday morning, four homes were destroyed in the Carriage House Manor fifty-five and older community after flames shot through the rough just before 3:00am. One elderly man with severe burns was found on a back porch of one of the homes shortly after the fire began. That man was taken by helicopter to Jefferson Hospital and is listed in critical condition. Fire officials say they’re not sure at this time how the fire began. Eight people […]

  • Philadelphia Parking Authority to be Audited by City Controller

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – If you’ve ever paid a fine, or a whole litany of fines to the Philadelphia Parking Authority, and wondered where all the money goes, you’re not alone. Apparently, officials within Philadelphia city government are wondering the same thing. The Philadelphia City Controller, Rebecca Rhynhart, is following through on her campaign promise and will conduct an audit of the PPA over the next year. Rhynhart, joined by State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, announced that the PPA will be […]

  • This Local Boy Got Stage Fright, But His Hero Dad Was There Just In Time

    GLASSBORO, NJ – When Brian Startare saw his 9-year-old son, Braydon, frozen on stage at a school talent show, his fatherly instincts kicked in. Brian quickly jumped on stage and helped Braydon finish his comedy routine, performing as a comedic duo. Bryadon was set to perform a solo comedy routine at the Dorothy Bullock Elementary School’s year-end talent show, but his young nerves took over as soon as he took the stage. Brian said of his son, “He’s a gregarious kid, […]

  • Over 100 Students Begin Internships at City Hall

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – On Monday, Mayor Kenney welcomed 116 students to their new summer internships at City Hall. Their jobs span across 25 city departments including the mayor’s office, health department and law department. This is a subset of teens who are participating in the Philadelphia Youth Network’s summer jobs program on behalf of WorkReady Philadelphia. The organization says thanks to strong public and private support, this summer, nearly 10,000 young Philadelphians are projected to participate in quality, paid work. […]

  • SEPTA Bus Hops Curb, Kills Man Sitting in Pool on Lawn

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – An afternoon trying to cool off by the pool turned deadly for one family in Northeast Philadelphia yesterday after a SEPTA bus came barreling into their yard, killing a man. The bus left a big hole in the front of the home on the 9800 block of Frankford Avenue. Police say the bus plowed through the intersection of Frankford and Morrell Avenues after running a red light, and struck two cars. Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small […]

  • Block Party Shooting Leaves 1 Dead, Off-Duty Phila. Police Officer Injured

    Philadelphia, PA – A 4th of July block party turned deadly, after shots rang out on the 7000 block of Buist Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia, leaving two men shot.  One of those men died, and the other – a Philadelphia police officer – is now recovering at Penn Presbyterian Hospital. Authorities the man who died was 23-years-old. It is unknown if he and the officer were related, or if they knew each other at all. Some witnesses said they thought […]

  • Despite New Laws, Many Fireworks Still Illegal to Use in Philadelphia

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – Pennsylvania residents are now able to purchase consumer-grade explosive fireworks, but Philadelphia Police still say using the fireworks within city limits is still illegal.  That means shooting bottle rockets and Roman candles this 4th of July will need to be done outside the city. Deputy Commissioner of Philadelphia Police Dennis Wilson said, “Yeah there’s been a misconception here about the M-series fireworks that they are legal. They have been a problem this year. They’re definitely illegal and you […]

  • Beating the Heat Indoors at Free Museums in Philly

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – As part of this week’s Wawa Welcome America Festival, thousands of Philadelphians and tourists have been beating the heat by taking advantage of free museums, and their air conditioning, throughout the city! Click here for more info about all of the events happening around the city this week, leading up the Pitbull concert and fireworks on the parkway this 4th of July!      

  • Man Finds Lost Ring With Metal Detector & Uses Facebook to Track Down Owner

    HADDONFIELD, NJ – Losing jewelry is always a huge disappointment, especially when it has sentimental value. So imagine seeing your lost high school class ring on Facebook, 11 years after you lost it! Well, that’s exactly what happened in Haddonfield, New Jersey. PHL17 was there as the ring’s owner got it back! Kara Perle lost her Paul VI High School class ring 11 years ago. “I lost it probably six months after I got it. I was playing softball. I actually […]

  • Slam Sledgehammers, Carry Kegs and Flip Tires at Prime Intensity Training in Conshohocken

    Conshohocken, PA – If you’re bored with spin, yoga, or CrossFit…you’re not alone. The owners of Prime Intensity Training on East Elm St. in Conshohocken say their unique, full body workout will keep you guessing and coming back for more. PHL17’s Matt Alba tried out one of their classes! Owners, Pat Williams and Matt Ramey say they’ve been developing the workout over the past seven years. Ramey said, “It’s a lot of mixed martial arts strength training and conditioning; defensive tactics […]