Authorities: Man Mistakenly Sent Prosecutor Text About Trading Marijuana For Heroin

EDWARDSVILLE, Pa. (CBS/AP) — Authorities say a man mistakenly sent a text message to a Pennsylvania prosecutor indicating that he wanted to trade marijuana for heroin.

Luzerne County prosecutors say Assistant District Attorney Jill Matthews received a text Nov. 2 using drug lingo that they called an “obvious text for a drug deal.” They say she later received a photo of a plastic bag containing a green substance on a scale.

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Authorities said 29-year-old John Raimondo, of Plymouth, was arrested at the supposed drug swap outside a shopping center in Edwardsville, about 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

He’s now being sought after failing to appear for a hearing.

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The Times Leader reports Raimondo had a suspended driver’s licence and had two traffic warrants for his arrest.

Court documents don’t list a defense attorney. A listed number for Raimondo couldn’t be found Tuesday.

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Busy Road In Cherry Hill Needs Emergency Work

CHERRY HILL, NJ (CBS) — Emergency road work on a busy Cherry Hill highway could cause some serious traffic problems the next couple days.

Camden County road crews will block two of the four lanes on route 561, also known as Haddonfield-Berlin Road, starting at 7 each morning and ending around 4 in the afternoon from Whitman Boulevard outside the Downs Farms neighborhood to just past Cranford Road.

How come?

“Two culverts have collapsed and if we don’t do this emergency road work right away, the road would be compromised,” County Freeholder Susan Shin Angulo told KYW Newsradio.

Hopes are to have the work done by Friday, although weather conditions could alter that plan. Drivers can detour onto Burnt Mill Road or Kresson Road, but whatever way you go, expect to be delayed.

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Michael Phelps Gets ‘GOAT’ Treatment At Starbucks

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s not often you get to prepare a coffee for one of the world’s greatest athletes.

So when Michael Phelps walked into Starbucks with his friend and his wife, one particular Starbucks employee wasn’t going to let the moment slip away without doing something memorable.

Related: Olympic Hero Michael Phelps Looks To Dip His Toes In Tech

The employee creatively labeled the Starbucks drinks for Phelps, his wife, and his friend as: The Goat, wife of Goat, and friend of Goat. 

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The 31-year-old swimmer and most decorated Olympian of all time enjoyed the treatment, posting a photo on his Instagram account.

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Shots Fired Outside British Parliament Building In London

LONDON (CBS/CNN) — U.K. police are investigating a “firearms incident” near the British parliament in London.

London’s Metropolitan Police said they were called at approx 2:40 p.m. to reports of an incident near Westminster Bridge.

It is being treated as a firearms incident and police are on the scene, police said on Twitter.

CBS News reports as many as 12 people are injured.

David Liddington, the leader of Britain’s House of Commons, told The Associated Press that a man has been shot by police and that there were “reports of further violent incidents in the vicinity.”

According to CBS News, Liddington said a police officer was stabbed outside the Parliament building.

The Parliament building has been locked down.

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Eagles Take OSU Corner Over Christian McCaffrey In Latest Mock Draft

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Not Dalvin Cook, not Christian McCaffrey, not Mike Williams, and not Corey Davis.

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In the latest mock draft (3.0) done by ESPN analyst Mel Kiper, the Eagles selected Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley with the 14th overall pick. Conley (6’0″, 195-pounds) ran a 4.44 40-yard dash with a 37.5-inch vertical at the NFL combine.

Conley had three interceptions last season with the Buckeyes.

Despite the Eagles’ desperate need for a corner, some feel — with eight overall picks — the Eagles could wait on cornerback and steal one of those top offensive weapons in round one.

94WIP hosts and former Eagles players Jon Ritchie and Ike Reese are both interested in Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, who Kiper has going 17th overall to the Washington Redskins.

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“Christian McCaffrey is going to surprise everybody,” Ritchie said on Wednesday. “He will be taken earlier than what we initially thought. Christian McCaffrey could be the surprise number one back taken overall.


“Honestly, I hope it is the Eagles,” Ritchie, a former Stanford football player, said. “I do think he is a game changer. I hope that he’s around when the Eagles draft and I don’t know how much of that is my own personal bias.”


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Congressman Brady On Seth Williams: ‘He Was A Rising Star And He Just Crashed’

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Several officials are calling on District Attorney Seth Williams to step down. That includes the head of the Democratic party in Philadelphia.

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Congressman Bob Brady is the long-time chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic City Committee and he says he doesn’t know how Seth Williams can serve the public right now and because of that, Brady says he should resign.

“I’m saddened. He was a rising star and now he just crashed.”

As for the allegations against Williams, “I wish he had some type of mentor who could have advised him. Some of these really stupid things that were done were just dumb.”

Looking ahead, Brady says he’s hopeful that whoever comes out on top of the District Attorney’s race will restore public trust in the office.

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30 Players: Luke Weaver Eyes Return To Cardinals Rotation In 2017

By Rich Arleo

CBS Local Sports, in our 30 Players 30 Days spring training feature, profiles one young player from each Major League Baseball team leading up to opening day.

2016 season (Minors): 13 G, 13 GS, 83 IP, 1.30 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 7 W, 92 SO, 12 BB

2016 season (Majors): 9 G, 8 GS, 36 1/3 IP, 5.70 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 1 W, 45 SO, 12 BB

Hailed as a possible option for the St. Louis Cardinals’ Opening Day rotation early on this Spring Training, Luke Weaver was optioned to Minor League camp on March 18 after a minor injury and a few spotty performances. Despite the setback, the Cardinals’ No. 3 prospect ( rankings) still has his sights on locking down a spot later on in the year.

Selected 27th overall by St. Louis in the ‘14 draft, Weaver began to hit his stride for Class A Advanced Palm Beach in ‘15.  In 19 starts that season he won eight games with a 1.62 ERA and 1.11 WHIP. He was invited to Spring Training last year and things were looking up before a freak accident hit and he broke his left (non-throwing) wrist shagging fly balls.

Weaver didn’t make his first start until June 5 last year, but he made up for his time missed by dominating in his first action at Double-A with a 1.40 ERA and 10 K/9 in 12 starts. He was called up to Triple-A and allowed two hits in six scoreless innings in his only start before the Cardinals made a call. With Michael Wacha hurt, general manager John Mozeliak turned to Weaver as a rotation replacement.

On Aug. 13, Weaver made his MLB debut against division rivals and the eventual World Series champion Chicago Cubs. The right-hander gave up two runs on four hits with three strikeouts, throwing 85 pitches in four innings. Weaver hit his stride two starts later, striking out seven in six one-run innings to complete his first quality start. Beginning with that outing, he went on a run in four starts, giving up seven runs and striking out 30 in 22 innings (2.86 ERA) while holding batters to a .213 average. Unfortunately, he hit a wall to end the year and gave up 17 runs (11 earned) in just 5 1/3 innings over his final three appearances.

While his ERA to end the year wasn’t pretty, Weaver did show effectiveness at the big league level. According to PITCHf/x data, his fastball clocked in at an average of 92 miles per hour in his stint with the Cards last year. He can get his fastball to sit around 94 mph and it has reached 98 before. Weaver’s secondary pitch, a changeup that has earned a 65 scout rating, clocked in at 83 mph on PITCHf/x. He also relies on what PITCHf/x registers as a cutter but Weaver calls a hybrid slider — saying he has two ways to throw the pitch. There’s also a curveball in the arsenal, and Weaver will need to develop at least one of these pitches into a third weapon behind the fastball and changeup in order to have continued success in the Majors.

When news broke in February that young phenom Alex Reyes needed Tommy John surgery and would miss the entire year, many eyes turned to Weaver, and rightfully so. He started out in the thick of the competition for the fifth spot in the rotation, but then missed time with back spasms and struggled in his first start back before getting optioned. With Wacha having a strong Spring and Lance Lynn returning after missing all of last year due to TJ surgery, the Cardinals had options and the decision was relatively easy. Considering Lynn and Wacha’s recent issues, the likelihood of there being a spot for Weaver in the rotation relatively soon is good and fans should expect to see him back with the Cardinals at some point this year.

Rich Arleo is a freelance sports writer and editor who covers Major League Baseball and fantasy sports. You can follow him on Twitter, @Rarleo.

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Senator John Cornyn: Conservatives That Want More From Healthcare Bill Are ‘Engaging In Some Wishful Thinking’

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Texas Senator John Cornyn voiced his support for the House Republican bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, saying conservatives unhappy that the proposed legislation does not go further in dismantling Obamacare are mistaken about the complication of the process.

Cornyn, during an interview with Chris Stigall on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, stated that a full repeal of the existing healthcare law cannot be done at one time.


“Some of our friends who think we can have it all, at this point, in one fell swoop, are engaging in some wishful thinking…Because, ordinarily, it takes 60 votes in order to pass a bill in the Senate because of our special rules, but using the budget reconciliation process, you can do it with 51. That’s the process we’re using. But it limits what you can do. It has to be related to spending and not just policy making. That’s really the issue here, the parliamentarian and the Senate rules won’t allow us to do the kind of policy making we want to do in one fell swoop.”

He believes that the more conservative members of the Senate who have come forward to say they will not vote for the bill are not taking into account the current political landscape.

“They’re mistaken. I wouldn’t accuse them of misleading but they are engaging in some wishful thinking here. We are, unfortunately, constrained by reality and the reality is we can’t do everything we’re going to want to do and we can’t get the votes. We need at least 51 votes in the Senate and we have states that come at this from different perspectives. For example, some that did the Medicaid expansion, some, like my state, that did not and so what we’re having to cobble together is a group of people coming from different perspectives and getting to 51 and that’s not easy to do when you have 52 Republicans.”

Cornyn feels if Republicans do not seize this moment to pass the law conceived under Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s leadership, they will miss their moment to follow through on their primary campaign pledge.

“This is our one chance and I just can’t imagine a world in which we fail to keep our promise that we made to the voters the last three elections that, if given the opportunity, we would repeal and replace Obamacare. I get it that this bill is not perfect, but it’s the first step in a process where we’re going to provide genuine choice and competition, which, in my world, always leads to better quality and better price. Unless we have given up on that principle, then I don’t think we have any other alternative than to vote to repeal and replace it.”

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Flyers Coach Dave Hakstol On The Hot Seat

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After an impressive 41-27-14 first season which resulted in a first-round six game playoff loss to the top seeded Washington Capitals, the Flyers have struggled in year two under Dave Hakstol.

The 48-year-old coach is receiving criticism for the team’s uninspiring season, as the Flyers are 33-31-8 (74 points) second worst in the Metropolitan division with just 10 games remaining.

Related: Bovada: Dave Hakstol On ‘Next Coach To Be Fired’ Odds List

Claude Giroux has just 53 points (14 goals and 39 assists) and only three goals since December 22nd. Second year defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere has been controversially scratched for a few games during the season and the goalie situation is still a mess.

Fans are starting to call for Hakstol’s job.




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Recently, after wins over Pittsburgh and Carolina, the Flyers lost to inferior opponents in New Jersey and Winnipeg in their following games.

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Sources: 2 Infants Found Dead In Lindenwold Apartment

LINDENWOLD, NJ (CBS) — Sources tell CBS 3 two infants were found dead in an apartment in Lindenwold, New Jersey.

Authorities responded to the scene of the Pines Apartment Complex on the 500 block of Bilper Avenue around 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating.

There is no word on a cause of death for either infant.

Stay with for the latest on this developing story.

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U.K. Follows U.S. With Laptop Ban On Some Flights From Mideast

By Charles Riley

The United Kingdom has followed the United States in preventing passengers on flights from some countries in the Middle East and Africa from carrying devices such as laptops and tablets in the cabin.

The restrictions affect 14 airlines, six of which are based in the U.K. As in the U.S., the ban covers any electronic devices larger than a typical smartphone.

Electronics Banned From Cabins On Some Middle Eastern And African Flights To U.S.

“The additional security measures may cause some disruption for passengers and flights, and we understand the frustration that will cause, but our top priority will always be to maintain the safety of British nationals,” the government said in a statement.

The affected airlines are: British Airways, EasyJet,, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson, Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airways, Atlas-Global Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Egyptair, Royal Jordanian, Tunis Air and Saudia.

The U.S. and U.K. regulations will affect different points of departure. The new restrictions on direct flights to the U.K. include flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

But some airports covered by the U.S. ban — Abu Dhabi and Dubai (UAE), Doha (Qatar), Kuwait City and Casablanca (Morocco) — are not affected by the U.K. restrictions.

Prime Minister Theresa May is privy to the same information and intelligence as U.S. officials, a government source told CNN before the restrictions were announced. She has discussed security several times with U.S. officials over the past few weeks, the source said.

“We have been in close touch with the Americans to fully understand their position,” the U.K. government said in a statement.

British Airways advised passengers traveling from the affected airports to allow plenty of time for check in. It said that flights would continue to operate as usual.

Thomas Cook, which offers vacation packages, told customers that laptops, tablets and e-readers will not be allowed in hand luggage and must be placed in the hold. It said that some large smartphones, including the iPhone 7 Plus, would be allowed in the cabin.

The Trump administration has ordered nine airlines flying from 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa to stop passengers from bringing most types of electronic devices into the cabin for U.S.-bound flights. Instead, they’ll have to check them in.

The ban covers any devices bigger than a smartphone — including iPads, Kindles and laptops.

The indefinite U.S. ban will affect more than 50 flights daily from the airports in the mainly Muslim countries, including major hubs such as Dubai and Istanbul, according to senior U.S. administration officials.

The nine airlines affected by the U.S. ban were notified of the procedures by the Transportation Security Administration at 3 a.m. ET Tuesday and must comply within 96 hours.

It’s not clear whether other countries will follow the U.S. and Britain in banning larger electronic devices.

Germany is not currently considering similar measures, according to Annegret Korff, a spokesperson for the country’s interior ministry.

Korff said that Germany had prior notice of the U.S. regulations.

French authorities did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This is not the first time that electronic devices have been banned on certain flights.

In 2006, passengers traveling from Britain to the U.S. were allowed to carry only essential items in cabins after intelligence officials discovered a plot to blow up airplanes flying between the countries.

Passengers had to check all items except absolute essentials, such as passports, wallets and eye glasses. All personal items had to be carried in a clear plastic bag and all electronics had to be checked.

The restrictions, which were eased after about five days, led airport security times to increase fourfold and caused significant delays and cancellations.

— Carol Jordan and Alanna Petroff contributed to this article.

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2-Story House Collapses In Floodwaters In Peru

PERU (CBS) – Intense flooding is wreaking havoc in Peru.

People watched in despair as a rushing river swallowed up a two-story home.

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The building quickly collapsed into  the waters nearby.

The National Emergency Operations Center says the intense rainfall is due to what’s called “Nino Castero.”

It is a weather phenomenon caused by a rise in sea temperatures.

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