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Law Enforcement Authorities To Announce Arrest Of Arson Suspect In Connection To Fire, Building Collapse That Resulted In Death Of Lt. Sean Williamson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Law enforcement officials will announce the arrest of an arson suspect in connection to the fire and building collapse that resulted in the death of Philadelphia Fire Lt. Sean Williamson on Tuesday afternoon. Eyewitness News exclusively reported Tuesday morning that at least one arrest is expected in connection to the deadly incident. A press conference is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and will be streamed on in the player above. The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Nelson S.T. Thayer Jr., ATF Special Agent Matthew P. Varisco, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Eric Gartner,...
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GUIDE: Where To Watch Fourth Of July Fireworks In Philadelphia Region

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — With Fourth of July approaching, many in the Philadelphia region are preparing to spend time with their friends, family and loved ones to celebrate the holiday. People will get together for barbecues and play backyard games across the country. They’ll also get together for fireworks on the night of the Fourth of July or leading up to the holiday. Here’s where to watch fireworks in the Tri-State region for the Fourth of July: Pennsylvania Upper Darby fireworks Where: Upper Darby High School baseball field. The rain date for the event is July 8. When: July 1, 9:30 p.m. Xfinity Fireworks Shows Where: Citizens Bank...
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Off-Duty Corrections Officer Shoots At Carjacking Suspect In Philadelphia’s Feltonville Neighborhood: Police

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — An off-duty Philadelphia corrections officer turned the tables on an armed carjacker in the city’s Feltonville section. Police are now checking DNA evidence to link the suspect, who is hospitalized with a gunshot wound. Detectives were at Temple Hospital on Monday night questioning the suspect who they believe carjacked an off-duty corrections officer. Police say DNA will play a huge factor in solving the case. It was around 11 p.m. Monday when the 59-year-old off-duty corrections officer was leaving a friend’s home on the 200 block of Roosevelt Blvd in the Feltonville section when a 21-year-old man wearing a...

2 Suspects Fatally Shot During Home Invasion In South Philadelphia, Police Say

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — An apparent home invasion turned deadly in South Philadelphia. Police say two men who were trying to break into a home on the 1600 block of South 10th Street were shot and killed by two men inside the house. Officials were on the scene for hours as they worked to determine what exactly happened and why. A home invasion turned deadly Monday afternoon, turning this residential street into a crime scene. “At first, I thought it was a woman and there were two intruders that were going to rob her, but now, I have no idea what really happened,” a...

Officer Fires Gun During Struggle With Suspect Wanted For Stealing Car, Philadelphia Police Say

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There were tense moments in Philadelphia’s Fairhill neighborhood Monday night as an officer discharged his weapon after chasing a suspect wanted for stealing a car, according to police. Police say officers tried to stop the 20-year-old suspect at Front Street and Lehigh Avenue, but he bailed from the car and ran away. One officer caught up to him on the 2600 block of Waterloo Street. That’s when the two fell to the ground and police say a struggle ensued. Police say the suspect pulled out a gun. The officer then pulled a gun and fired, but did not hit the suspect. The suspect got up and ran away again. He was eventually arrested at Howard Steet and Lehigh Avenue. No one was hurt.

Federal Fire Safety Policy Inspired By Deadly Fairmount Fire Headed To US House Floor For Vote

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A federal fire safety policy inspired by the deadly Fairmount fire back in January is headed to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. A local congresswoman is proposing legislation that, she hopes, will make families in public housing safer. The goal is to bring awareness about public safety and to make sure families are protected and safe inside their homes. “These three women who had dreams and these kids had dreams. Gone. And they were housed in a place that was not safe for them to be,” Rep. Madeleine Dean said. It has been nearly seven months since...

Melanoma Isn’t Just Caused By Environmental Factors Like Sun Exposure, New Research Says

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — New research says melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, isn’t just caused by environmental factors like sun exposure, family history can also play a role. Melanoma rates are increasing rapidly, doubling over the last 30 years. It’s more common among men overall, but before age 50, it strikes higher numbers of women. After her dad was diagnosed with melanoma, Leah Adams found out a suspicious-looking mole she had was also the most serious form of skin cancer. “It was starting to become black in the middle, uneven borders, edges,” Adams said. “And there was a red ring.” Melanoma is...

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Want To Pass Red Flag Gun Law To Help Battle Mental Health Crisis

NARBERTH, Pa. (CBS) — It’s a sobering statistic. Suicides accounted for more than half of U.S. gun deaths in 2020, according to recently published data by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now, elected officials in Pennsylvania are working to pass a red flag gun law in the commonwealth. First responders from Narberth Ambulance say they deal with more mental health calls than anything else, an issue officials say has spiked since COVID-19. “It just keeps continuing,” Narberth Ambulance Deputy Chief of Operations Patrick Glynn said. “I looked year to date and we’re already above where we were last year.” “The...

4 City Pools In Wilmington, Delaware Open For Summer Season

WILMINGTON, Del. (CBS) — Despite a nationwide lifeguard shortage, Wilmington, Delaware, is hoping to open all of its city pools this summer. The summer pool season kicked off Monday. Wilmington has a total of five pools. Four of them were able to open Monday and are fully staffed. Prices Pool is undergoing repairs. The city says that the location should open by mid-July. Click here for more information.

Falls Township Police Chief Nelson Whitney Scheduled To Answer Questions After Being Placed On Administrative Leave

FALLS TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — The attorney for Falls Township’s police chief says his client is scheduled to answer questions after being placed on paid administrative leave more than two months ago. “It’s serious based on what the allegations are,” said Scott Pollins, the attorney for Nelson Whitney. Days before Whitney is set to answer questions about his performance of duties, the attorney for the Falls Township police chief says his client is ready. “We feel like once Chief Whitney is able to speak and explain his version of everything and his truth that they are going to see that that is the...

Former Philadelphia Police Officer Sentenced For Drunk Driving Crash Into Home In Northeast Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A former Philadelphia police officer is heading to prison for a horrific drunk driving crash in Northeast Philadelphia. This was the scene in February 2021 when Gregory Campbell plowed his car into a house on Comly Road. On Monday, a judge sentenced Campbell to 11-and-a-half to 23 months behind bars. The crash injured two people, including one critically. According to sources, Campbell stopped at several bars, including the FOP Lodge, before the crash. He was fired shortly after his arrest.

Family, Friends Bid Farewell To Fallen Hero Philadelphia Fire Lt. Sean Williamson: ‘Sean Was A Force For Good’

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The City of Philadelphia is honoring a hero who gave the ultimate sacrifice. First responders, family and friends gathered Monday morning to pay their respects to Philadelphia firefighter Lt. Sean Williamson. Williamson was killed in the line of duty on June 18 after rushing to put out a fire at a pizza shop in the city’s Fairhill section. The burned building collapsed on top of him about an hour later. The funeral mass was at Epiphany of Our Lord Church in South Philadelphia. Firefighters from as far away as France and Montreal, Canada are paying their respects and honoring...

PSPCA Rescues 100 Animals From Lancaster County House Thanks To Tip From Good Samaritan

QUARYVILLE, Pa. (CBS) — An animal cruelty investigation is underway after 100 animals were found living in deplorable conditions at a house on Pumping Station Road in Quarryville, Lancaster County. The Pennsylvania SPCA stepped in after a tip from a good samaritan. “They were living in filthy conditions, both inside the property as well as where some of the farm animals were kept outside,” Gillian Kocher, Pennsylvania SPCA Director of Media Relations, said. “So, that can mean things like living in their own excrement, not being cleaned.” The Pennsylvania SPCA’s law enforcement officers, acting on a tip, raided the house Friday, rescuing...

Many Travelers Frustrated As Flights Get Canceled, Delayed Across US Ahead Of 4th Of July Weekend

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Many travelers are frustrated ahead of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend. Hundreds of flights are either canceled or delayed at airports across the United States including in Philadelphia. “I’m happy the world is opening up a little more and we can regain a little bit more normalcy,” one traveler said. Holiday travel is nearing pre-pandemic levels and so are the lines. “It’s very long,” Leigh Mouse said. “It moves pretty quick.” Monday morning travelers packed into Philadelphia International Airport to kick off their holiday week. Officials say more than 2 million passengers went through TSA checkpoints since Friday. On Monday,...

Philadelphia Weather: Tracking Possible Showers And Storms For The Fourth Of July Weekend

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Looking ahead at the big Fourth of July holiday weekend, there is a good chance you will be dodging showers and storms on several of the days. After a brief break from the 90s early in the week, the heat will once again build to the mid-90s by Friday, setting the stage for possible showers and gusty storms on Saturday as a cold front approaches from the west. Currently, the timing is Saturday afternoon, evening, and overnight with lingering showers on Sunday morning. Another disturbance approaches from the south on Monday and could trigger spotty showers and storms. The timing may change on these showers and storms. Stay with CBS3 for updates as to whether they will dampen any major outdoor activities or fireworks displays. Temperatures over the holiday weekend will range from near 90 on Saturday to the 80s on Sunday and Monday.

Firefighter Injured While Battling House Fire In Folsom, Delaware County

FOLSOM, Pa. (CBS) – A firefighter was injured after flames engulfed a home in Delaware County overnight. Crews worked to douse the flames on Kedron Avenue in Folsom just after 1 a.m. Monday. No one was inside when the house caught fire but the roof collapsed and one firefighter was taken to the hospital. They were treated and released with an elbow injury. The fire is now under control.

Contained Wildfire At Brendan T. Byrne State Forest Burns More Than 300 Acres

NEW LISBON, N.J. (CBS) — The New Jersey Forest Fire Service contained a wildfire at Brendan T. Byrne State Forest. Officials say the so-called “Brickworks Wildfire”  has scorched 315 acres in Manchester and Woodland Townships, impacting both Burlington and Ocean Counties. Authorities discovered the brickworks fire near Pasadena Road in Woodland and Manchester Townships yesterday afternoon. Firefighters were able to save seven structures. No one was injured. The cause of the forest fire is under investigation.  

First Responders, Family, Friends Attend Viewing For Fallen Firefighter Lt. Sean Williamson In South Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Family, friends, and fellow first responders gathered Sunday to pay their final respects to fallen Philadelphia firefighter Lieutenant Sean Williamson, who was killed in the line of duty in the city’s Fairhill section. It was a somber day at his viewing in South Philadelphia. Lt. Williamson, a 27-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department, rushed to put out a fire at a pizza shop when about an hour later, the building collapsed. “It’s a terrible tragedy,” Giovanna Cavalivere, a family friend, said. A final goodbye. “You say goodnight to them and the next thing you know, you’re getting a telephone call...

21-Year-Old Woman Dies During Crash In Philadelphia’s Mayfair Section

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A 21-year-old woman died in a horrific crash in Philadelphia’s Mayfair section on Sunday night. Police say a SUV struck a pole at Levick and Hawthorne Streets around 9 p.m. The woman who died was the driver. A 19-year-old passenger was injured in the crash. Firefighters pulled her from the wreckage. She is in stable condition. There’s no word on what caused the crash.